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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 Scholarly Publications

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Beyond regulatory capture: Coproducing expertise for critical infrastructure protection

September 2017

Complex industries such as petroleum production, civil aviation, and nuclear power produce “public risks” that are widely distributed and temporally remote, and thus tend to be ignored by the risk...

Uneasy Partnerships: China’s Engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform

April 2017

Uneasy Partnerships presents the analysis and insights of practitioners and scholars who have shaped and examined China's interactions with key Northeast Asian partners.

Conditions of military contestation in populist Latin America

March 2017

Latin America experienced recurring episodes of populism, and of military reaction against populists, during the twentieth century, frequently ending in coups d’état.

Participatory risk network analysis: A tool for disaster reduction practitioners

March 2017

Disaster risk is the product of a complex set of networked processes. Development professionals often use participatory tools to help understand disasters.

Aspirational Power: Brazil on the long road to global influence

November 2016

Aspirational Power examines Brazil as an emerging power.

Unclear Physics: Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons

September 2016

 In Unclear Physics, Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer tells the story of the Iraqi and Libyan programs from their origins in the late 1950s and 1960s until their dismantling.

Attribution of Malicious Cyber Incidents: From Soup to Nuts

September 2016

Attribution of malicious cyber activities is a deep issue about which confusion and disquiet can be found in abundance.

The Pivot before the Pivot: U.S. Strategy to Preserve the Power Balance in Asia

May 2016

The United States’ strategic reorientation toward the Asia Pacific began not under the Barack Obama administration, but under the George W. Bush administration.

Pragmatic Engagement: A National Security Strategy for the Next President

May 2016

The United States is exceptionally secure. No country today presents a clear and imminent security threat in the way that Germany, Japan, or the Soviet Union did in the 20th century.

Learning from a Disaster: Improving Nuclear Safety and Security After Fukushima (edited volume)

April 2016

This book—the culmination of a truly collaborative international and highly interdisciplinary effort—brings together Japanese and American political scientists, nuclear engineers, historians, and...

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

January 2016

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink is a continuation of William J. Perry's efforts to keep the world safe from a nuclear catastrophe.

The Soviet Union and the Creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency

January 2016

The Soviet Union responded sceptically to Eisenhower’s ‘Atoms for Peace’ speech in December 1953 but eventually entered negotiations on the creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

An INS Special Forum: The US Senate Select Committee Report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program

November 2015

Eight leading experts in the areas of intelligence ethics and oversight and accountability were invited to contribute their perspectives on the US Senate Select Committee Report on the CIA's...

Two Roads to Belgrade: The United States, Great Britain, and the First Nonaligned Conference

September 2015

In 1961, at the height of the Berlin crisis, the United States and Great Britain simultaneously struggled to adopt effective policies toward the first meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in...

What do past nonproliferation failures say about the Iran nuclear agreement?

September 2015

The history of nonproliferation failures in Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea are reviewed in the light of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Kennedy, Johnson, and the Nonaligned World

September 2015

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy initiated a bold new policy of engaging states that had chosen to remain nonaligned in the Cold War.

Nuclear Weapons and the Escalation of the Cold War, 1945-1962 (chapter)

August 2015

Nuclear weapons are so central to the history of the Cold War that it can be difficult to disentangle the two. Did nuclear weapons cause the Cold War? Did they contribute to its escalation?

Deterrence and Enforcement in a World Free of Nuclear Weapons (chapter)

August 2015

This report examines the importance of deterrence, from its critical function in the cold war to its current role.

Stalin and Intelligence: Barbarossa and the Bomb (chapter)

August 2015

In an unusually well-documented contribution on Russian secret intelligence, David Holloway posits reasons for Stalin’s unpreparedness in 1940-1941.

Why Status Matters in World Politics (book chapter)

March 2015

According to traditional theories of world politics, peaceful power transitions only happen when the rising power continues to profit from the institutional order held together by the material...

Historical Aspirations and Russia’s Pursuit of International Status

March 2015

What determined Russia's national interests and grand strategy in the first decade after the Cold War?

The Campaigns of Cao Cao

March 2015

 The ancient Chinese general and strategist, Cao Cao, fought a brilliant series of military campaigns in an effort to unite China during the Three Kingdoms era.

Take No Casualties

March 2015

By emphasizing casualty reduction as a goal without regard to the importance of battlefield victory, the U.S. Army risks developing inappropriate military doctrine.Read more here.

A Bet Portrayed as a Certainty: Reassessing the Added Deterrent Value of Nuclear Weapons (book chapter)

March 2015

In this paper, I address three of the most frequently used arguments for maintaining a significant measure of dependence for international security on nuclear deterrence both globally and...

People

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