Governance

Governance

FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

Recent News

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New Trinkunas book examines the role of armed nonstate actors in local governance

November 2017

The sovereign state is frequently held up as the legitimate source of domestic order and an important provider of public goods in any society, regardless of regime type.

Why nuclear deterrence can work on North Korea

November 2017

The same logic that kept a nuclear war from breaking out between the United States and former Soviet Union is the best strategy to now pursue with North Korea, several scholars said Tuesday at...

Listen to CISAC podcasts

November 2017

The Center for International Security and Cooperation now has more than 46 podcasts, dating all the way back to Oct. 19, 2016. Listen to them on the CISAC page on the iTunes website.

Zegart on Trump, U.S. foreign policy

October 2017

Pity the professionals.

Media roundtable focuses on security, defense, democracy

October 2017

Deep policy discussions between journalists and top Stanford scholars highlighted a recent media roundtable at the Hoover Institution.The event drew about 30 members of the national media from a...

Reckless hostility toward Cuba damages America's interests

October 2017

In an escalation of hostilities toward Cuba that is rapidly dismantling the Obama era détente, the Trump administration on Tuesday expelled 15 Cuban diplomats.

At 90, Perry driven by vision of a nuclear-free world

October 2017

At 90, William J. Perry has seen a lot in this world.Maybe, in fact, too much.

Stanford scholar assesses Catalonia referendum

October 2017

Sunday’s referendum vote in Catalonia, a northeast region of Spain seeking independence, was marred with violence as police forces from the Spanish government, which deemed the referendum illegal,...

National security focus for new CISAC fellow

September 2017

Colin Kahl, a top national security expert and veteran White House advisor, has been named to a new senior fellowship at Stanford.Starting in January 2018, Kahl will be the inaugural Steven C.

Expanded CISAC duties for Trinkunas

September 2017

As the new deputy director for the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Harold Trinkunas will assume more day-to-day management duties of the center in addition to his research...

Rod Ewing to serve as CISAC co-director

September 2017

Rod Ewing will serve as co-director of the sciences for Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.Ewing, a mineralogist and materials scientist, is the Frank Stanton Professor in...

Hecker in Politico: Deal with North Korea

August 2017

Now that the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula has been at least temporarily defused thanks to Kim Jong Un’s announcement that he would wait and see before launching missiles toward Guam...

U.S., allies focus on cybersecurity at Stanford

August 2017

When it comes to cybersecurity, Stanford is the hot spot, especially if you work in national security.On Aug. 18, officials from the U.S. military, National Security Agency, U.S.

Exploring cybersecurity, Capitol Hill-style

August 2017

As cyber attacks escalate in magnitude – reflected in the 2016 Russian meddling in the U.S. election and the 2014 Sony Pictures hacking – the red alert has gone out to Washington D.C.

Hecker: Talk to North Korea to avert a nuclear disaster

August 2017

In July, North Korea tested its longest-range ballistic missiles yet, putting it closer than ever to having a nuclear weapon that could strike the US mainland.

Sagan on the 'nuclear necessity' principle

August 2017

In this podcast with the Carnegie Council, CISAC's Scott Sagan says that major changes must be made if U.S.

Scholars Hecht, Edwards join CISAC

July 2017

Renowned scholars Gabrielle Hecht and Paul N.

Andrew Grotto named CISAC fellow

July 2017

Andrew J.

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David Holloway, CISAC David Holloway Senior Fellow Professor, History, Professor, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science