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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Advice for President Zelenskyy as he Prepares to Meet President Trump

August 2019

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may meet President Donald Trump this weekend in Warsaw and is expected to travel to the United States later in the fall.  This gives Mr.

What it Takes for U.S. Foreign Policy to Succeed in the Middle East

July 2019

Brett McGurk, the former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, has had a busy summer.

Debate Moderators Don’t Know Much About National Security

July 2019

Viewers of the Democratic presidential debates learned quite a bit this week—from Joe Biden’s views of school busing to Marianne Williamson’s plan to defeat President Donald Trump with love.

Decades of Being Wrong About China Should Teach Us Something

June 2019

Thirty years ago this week, I watched the news from Beijing and started shredding my bedding.

The Crisis in Venezuela Continues, with Three Possibilities in Sight

June 2019

Venezuela is in the midst of an economic, social and political crisis, said Harold Trinkunas, the deputy director of FSI’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and an expert on Latin...

New report from Stanford scholars seeks to demystify the biosecurity landscape

December 2018

From genome editing to “hacking” the microbiome, advances in the life sciences and its associated technological revolution have already altered the biosecurity landscape, and will continue to do so...

Beijing Workshop Explores Options for Interventions in Civil Wars

November 2018

Shorenstein APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative (USASI), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and the School for International Studies at Peking University recently co-hosted the...

FSI scholars join high-level commission on democracy in the digital age

October 2018

The Kofi Annan Foundation has tapped four Stanford scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to help advance one of its top priorities: to shed light on the rapidly...

Three new center directors look to the future at FSI

October 2018

FSI's three new center directors, Anna Grzymala-Busse, Colin Kahl, and David Lobell, outline their vision.

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.

Representative Steve Russell speaks to Stanford students on the role of Congress in national security

May 2018

On May 30, Congressional Representative Steve Russell spoke to Stanford students enrolled in Technology and Security (MS&E 193/293) about the role of Congress in national security. 

FSI launches Middle East Initiative led by Colin Kahl

April 2018

As a senior policy advisor on the Middle East at the Pentagon and the White House, Colin Kahl has witnessed struggles in the region first-hand.

While today’s global threats to companies are complex, solutions exist for dealing with ‘political risk,’ Stanford scholars say

April 2018

 Political scientists Condoleezza Rice and Amy Zegart explain how a company’s fairy tale can become a nightmare if it fails to take effective measures against “political risk,” the probability that...

Andrew Grotto Testifies on "Cybersecurity and California Elections"

March 2018

On March 7, 2018, CISAC scholar and Hoover Institution Research Fellow Andrew Grotto testified before a bicameral hearing of the California Legislature on “Cybersecurity and California Elections.”...

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...

People

Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Harold Trinkunas Harold Trinkunas Deputy Director, Senior Research Scholar
Jacquelyn Schneider Jacquelyn Schneider Hoover Fellow
Scott D. Sagan Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Research Scholar, Lecturer
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Philip Taubman Lecturer
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science