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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.

Scholarly Publications

Regional Perspectives on Human Rights: The USSR and Russia, Part Two

October 2012

Since 1991, there have been two major phases in Russian history, corresponding roughly to the decades of the 1990s and the 2000s.  Under President Boris Yeltsin (1991-1999), Russia attempted a...

Regional Perspectives on Human Rights: The USSR and Russia, Part One

October 2012

The Soviet Union advocated a conception of human rights different from the notion of rights prevalent in the West.

Indigenous Policy Review in Brazil: Ideologies, Rights, and Perspectives

July 2012

This is an analysis of the evolution of political actions and legal instruments imposed on indigenous peoples in Brazil since pre-colonization in the fifteenth century.

News

Cuéllar looks back on leading FSI

December 2014

For 14 years, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been a tireless Stanford professor who has strengthened the fabric of university’s interdisciplinary nature.

Human rights curriculum for the 21st century

October 2011

The Stanford Report covered the recently launched Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative, which brings human rights curriculum into the classrooms of California community colleges to transform...

Teaching Human Rights in a Global Context

June 2011

On June 4, 2011, SPICE co-sponsored a conference, "Teaching Human Rights in a Global Context," with the Program on Human Rights (Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, FSI), the...

Events

3rd Annual Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative Symposium

June 8, 2013

A day-long symposium to discuss, share, and learn about teaching human rights in a wide range of world areas, academic disciplines, and classroom settings.

Single Party Governance

March 6, 2012

In this lecture, Professor Okimoto explores distinctive aspects of Japan's political system, namely single-party rule.

Multimedia

Overview of Japanese Politics

February 2017

In this video, Phillip Lipscy, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, explains the fundamentals of Japanese politics, serving as a base for future understanding of Japan's political dynamics.The accompanying discussion...

The Use of Lethal Force by the Police in Rio de Janeiro and the Pacification Process

May 2015

In this video, Stanford Professor Beatriz Magaloni discusses her ongoing research on police practices in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Single Party Governance

March 2012

In this lecture, Professor Okimoto explores distinctive aspects of Japan's political system, namely single-party rule.

People

Keikoh Ryu Advisory Committee Member, Stanford e-China Program
Stefanie Orrick Lamb Curriculum Consultant
Jonas Edman Instructor and Manager, Sejong Korean Scholars Program, Instructional Designer
Rylan Sekiguchi Curriculum Designer
Naomi Funahashi Manager, Reischauer Scholars Program and Teacher Professional Development
Waka Takahashi Brown Instructor and Manager, Stanford e-Japan