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.

Scholarly Publications

Weakest strongman: an interview with Harold Trinkunas

July 2018

  Nicolás Maduro may have held on to political power. But the collapse of the state he heads is continuing apace by any measure.

Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity

May 2018

From New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Stanford University professor Amy B.

Militants, Criminals, and Warlords - The Challenge of Local Governance in an Age of Disorder

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.

Other Publications

Andrew Grotto Testimony on "Cybersecurity and California Elections"

March 2018

To assess the threat to California's elections systems, the Assembly and Senate elections committees held a joint informational hearing on cybersecurity. The hearing discussed steps California...

A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century?

November 2016

In an analysis piece for CSIS, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines the geopolitical, economic and developmental considerations of Xi Jinping's call for China and the...

Policy: Reassess New Mexico's nuclear-waste repository

January 2016

For the past 15 years, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has stored transuranic waste from the US nuclear-defense programme.

News

Is America Breaking up the International Order? Q&A with D. Holloway

August 2018

We caught him to hear his views on recent developments in U.S.-Russia relations one last time and to talk about his time at Stanford. At the NATO summit, Trump claimed that Germany “is a captive of...

From the Experts: FSI on the Helsinki Summit 2018

July 2018

Quick-Take: Helsinki 2018 with David Holloway  Q:What specific results/agreements have come out of the meeting? A: That’s not clear.  We have only the press conference to go on.  Putin mentioned a...

H.R. McMaster appointed the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow at FSI

July 2018

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University is very pleased to announce that Lieutenant General H.R.

Events

A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg on ‘The Doomsday Machine’

March 19, 2018

- RSVP here - Abstract: Must we, should we, possess a Doomsday Machine?  For over half a century there have been two of these in the world: the U.S.

At life’s frontiers: the case for epistemic subsidiarity

March 17, 2018

Abstract: International cooperation has long been founded on the idea that securing a common factual understanding of things in the world is a prerequisite for deciding how to act in concert....

Foreign Adversary Threats to Democratic Institutions: Are Courts Next?

February 15, 2018

- This event is offered as a joint sponsorship with the Hoover Institution - Abstract: Russia’s interference in our election was part of an ongoing campaign to undermine democracy and its...

Projects

The Security Conundrum Speaker Series

In an age of terrorism, where should a democratic society draw the line on government surveillance?
English

International History Seminar Series

In recent years, historians have been breaking outside their traditional disciplinary boundaries; they are thinking about history - and the world - in different, new ways.
English

Directors' Seminar Series

The Directors' Seminars showcase Stanford faculty and researchers, as well as policy makers and visiting scholars from all over the country.
English

Multimedia

2016 Drell Lecture: William J. Perry - A National Security Walk Around the World

February 2016

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J.

America’s Nuclear Waste – No Solution in Sight

January 2016

America’s nuclear waste is accumulating at over seventy sites in 39 states – but there is no clear way forward for its final disposal. An international cast of experts explains how the U.S.

Remarks at MIT: Renewal or Retrenchment - U.S. Grand Strategy in a Volatile World

June 2015

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, a distinguished fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, presented remarks at the MIT Senior Congressional and Executive Office Branch Seminar, "Renewal or Retrenchment: U.S.

People

Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Thomas Fingar Fellow
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar