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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

Social Conflict and Political Violence in Africa

April 2009

A growing fraction of the world's civil wars seem to be breaking out on the African continent, and in the last few decades it has acquired a reputation as a hotbed of violence and warfare.  Social...

Indigenous Knowledge and the Rule of Law: Reflections from Brazil

July 2012

In this paper, two sets of emblematic, policy-inflected cases from the past two decades (the 1990s and 2000s)­––one involving sustainable development projects and the other, agricultural crop...

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

SPICE and documentary filmmaker team up to teach students about Afghanistan

September 2005

SPICE and Documentary Filmmaker Team Up to Teach Students about Afghanistan

Introducing U.S.-South Korean Relations in U.S. High Schools

December 2007

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-cultural Education (SPICE) serves as a bridge between FSI's research centers and elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States.

SPICE and The Stanford Challenge: 30 Years of Educating New Generations of Leaders

August 2007

SPICE was established more than 30 years ago and serves as a bridge between FSI and elementary and secondary schools in the United States and independent schools abroad.

Events

Single Party Governance

March 6, 2012

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

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.

Multimedia

Single Party Governance

March 2012

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

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.

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...

People

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