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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.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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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.

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...

Human Rights Protection in Europe: Between Strasbourg and Luxembourg

April 2010

Although Europe has been considered a leading example for regional human rights mechanisms, these mechanisms are far from simple, due to the complexity of the European legal system and the actors...

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...

Japan in the U.S. Press: Bias and Stereotypes

December 2005

Since Europeans first encounters with Japanese, reportage of Japan has been riddled with stereotypes and paradox-rendering Japan as the West's exotic Other.

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