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. 

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. 

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

The Internet’s Challenge to Democracy: Framing the Problem and Assessing Reforms

November 2019

The Program on Democracy and the Internet runs the work of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age which will produce guidelines to support democracies, particularly...

AI Policy and China: Realities of State-Led Development

October 2019

When China's government announced its ambitions for the country’s theoretical, technological, and applied artificial intelligence development to reach a “worldleading level” by 2030, governments...

Semiconductors and a Strategic National Technology Policy

October 2019

The current regulatory and legislative infrastructure is poorly suited to address the new challenges to U.S. leadership and innovation in key technology sectors.

Other Publications

“Fighting Like a Lion for Serbia”: An Analysis of Government-Linked Influence Operations in Serbia

April 2020

DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPEROn March 26, 2020 Twitter announced a takedown of accounts targeting Ser- bian Twitter users.

Blame it on Iran, Qatar, and Turkey: An analysis of a Twitter and Facebook operation linked to Egypt, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia

April 2020

DOWNLOAD REPORTIn December 2019, the Stanford Internet Observatory alerted Twitter to anoma- lous behavior in the hashtag السراج خائن ليبيا (“Sarraj the traitor of Libya”); Fayez al-Sarraj is...

#VivaJOH o #FueraJOH: An analysis of Twitter’s takedown of Honduran accounts

April 2020

DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPEROn April 2, 2020, Twitter announced a takedown of datasets attributed to the social media manager of Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado (commonly referred to by...

News

The Executive Order on Platforms and Online Speech

June 2020

On May 28th, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to revoke CDA 230 protections, which would expose social media companies to increased liability for content that is posted on their...

Analysis of April 2020 Twitter takedowns linked to Saudia Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Honduras, Serbia, and Indonesia

April 2020

On March 11, 2020 Twitter shared with the Stanford Internet Observatory accounts and tweets associated with five distinct takedowns.

Stanford Experts Publish Recommendations to Safeguard Democratic Elections Around the World

February 2020

A Q&A with Professor Stephen Stedman, who serves as the Secretary General of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age.Stephen Stedman, a Senior Fellow at the...

Events

The Executive Order on Platforms and Online Speech: Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center Responds

May 29, 2020

On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to revoke CDA 230 protections, which would expose social media companies to increased liability for content that is posted on...

Seizing the Moment: America's Alliances and the Technology Race

May 15, 2020

This event is co-sponsored with the Cyber Policy Center and the Center for a New American Security.* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone Seminar Recording: https:...

Cyber and Covid-19

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 is having a profound impact on our online systems - exposing both the essential role they can and do play in our modern society, and the risks and vulnerabilities they represent....

People

Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Harold Trinkunas Deputy Director, Senior Research Scholar
Nathaniel Persily Co-director, Cyber Policy Center, Senior Fellow Professor, Law, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Professor, by courtesy, Communication
Gregory Falco Gregory Falco Cybersecurity Postdoctoral Fellow
Alex Zaheer Headshot Alex Zaheer Graduate Research Assistant Technical Research Assistant