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

A National Office for Strategic Foresight Anchored in Critical Science and Technologies

October 2019

Bio: Amy WebbDespite an abundance of technical experts across its agencies, the federal government lacks a centralized office charged with long-range, comprehensive, streamlined planning to address...

Win-Win: A Public Private Strategy for Dramatically Improving National Security Tech

October 2019

Bio: Anthony VinciThe next presidential term will confront an increasingly urgent question of how to compete with China, economically and militarily.

Compete, Contest and Collaborate: How to Win the Technology Race with China

October 2019

Bios: Anja Manuel, Pavneet Singh, Thompson Paine China systematically extracts advanced technology from the West.

Other Publications

Securing American Elections: Prescriptions for Enhancing the Integrity and Independence of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and Beyond

June 2019

This report urges policymakers, in both government and the private sector, to act immediately in order to protect the integrity and independence of U.S.

CNN Perspective: Our lax cybersecurity policies put our elections and our data at risk

July 2019

Our national discussions about cybersecurity and privacy follow a frustrating pattern: a headline-grabbing incident like the recent Capital One breach occurs, Congress wrings its hands and...

The Great Anti-China Tech Alliance

September 2019

In these early days of the regulatory renaissance for digital technologies, China, Europe, and the United States are competing over whose image will be most reflected in market-defining rules and...

News

Can Bitcoin Thrive Without China?

October 2017

Bitcoin started the month of September trading at an all-time high of $4,950.

Facebook and Congress Must Create Regulations Together

April 2018

Featuring Eileen Donahoe, executive director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator and Allison Berke, executive director of the Stanford Cyber Initiative.

FSI scholars join high-level commission on democracy in the digital age

October 2018

The Kofi Annan Foundation has tapped four Stanford scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to help advance one of its top priorities: to shed light on the rapidly...

Events

Cyber Initiative Seminar: How to Hack the Pentagon with Jay Kaplan, Synack

November 7, 2017

Through the Hack the Pentagon program, The Department of Defense (DoD) had asked Synack to look for vulnerabilities left undetected by traditional security solutions in one of their highly complex...

The Consequences of Technological Developments for Politics and Government

April 17, 2018

The Consequences of Technological Developments for Politics and GovernmentTuesday, April 24, 2018Reception at 5:00pm.

Securing Our Cyber Future: Innovative Approaches to Digital Threats

May 21, 2019

Securing Our Cyber Future: Innovative Approaches to Digital Threats8:30 - 9:15 AM: Registration; Breakfast available9:15 - 9:30 AM: Opening remarksDan Boneh, Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford...

People

Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
michael mcfaul 2 Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Women looking straight forward Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Professor Larry Diamond Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
rsd19 072 0081a Harold Trinkunas Senior Research Scholar
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
2015 eileen donahoe 04 web Eileen Donahoe Lecturer, CDDRL
yff 2013 3281 med Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow Director, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
headshot 3 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
woman smiling Samantha Bradshaw Postdoctoral Scholar, CDDRL