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 Scholarly Publications

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Bytes, Bombs, and Spies - The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations

January 2019

Offensive cyber operations have become increasingly important elements of U.S. national security policy.

Mission Impossible? Socio-technical Integration of Nuclear Waste Geological Disposal Systems

November 2018

Abstract: We present a new perspective on geological disposal systems for nuclear waste.

Scarcity in abundance: the challenges of promoting energy access in the Southern African region

October 2018

Abstract: The paper deals with the challenges of energy access, efficiency and security as essential conditions to improve people's living in the Southern African region.

Chronic long-term risk of low-level radiation exposure: Bridging the lay/expert divide

August 2018

Abstract: The failure of experts and lay people to understand each other has been fueling conflict around the environmental clean-up of the many sites in the United States that are contaminated by...

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.

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...

Japan's Shift in the Nuclear Debate: A Changing Identity?

May 2017

Sayuri Romei, a political scientist and predoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), has a new working paper that shows Japan is an increasingly...

On Cyber-Enabled Information/Influence Warfare and Manipulation

April 2017

CISAC's Herbet Lin and Jackie Kerr from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory write in this draft working paper that the United States has no peer competitors in conventional military power. ...

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.

Insider Threats

February 2017

High-security organizations around the world face devastating threats from insiders—trusted employees with access to sensitive information, facilities, and materials.

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...

People

James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Research Scholar, Lecturer
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Philip Taubman Lecturer
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Colin H. Kahl Senior Fellow Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science