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.

Recent News

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Wolak Participates in Radio Segment on Community Control Aggregation in California

August 2015

On August 13th, 2015, Professor Wolak was interviewed along with Monica Padilla and Ted Ko by KALW, a public radio station in San Francisco.

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.

National oil companies can cause pain at pump, research shows

February 2012

State-owned oil companies dominate the world's oil supplies, and politicians often cannot resist getting involved.

PESD releases study of Nigeria's national oil company NNPC

September 2010

Nigeria's national oil company NNPC is at the center of a profoundly dysfunctional oil sector in a country that some argue embodies the "resource curse." In a new study, PESD Associate Director...

PESD releases Dr. Bart Lucarelli's cutting edge analysis of one of the world's fastest growing and most important coal markets

July 2010

In PESD's Working Paper #93 - The History and Future of Indonesia's Coal Industry: Impact of Politics and Regulatory Framework on Industry Structure and Performance, Dr.

PESD releases study of Norway's national oil company Statoil

May 2010

Norway is lauded as the rare example of a major oil and gas exporting country that has managed to avoid the "resource curse." A new study by PESD Associate Director Mark C.

PESD invited to World Bank meeting on CDM reform

May 2010

Researcher Richard K. Morse attended a World Bank consultation focusing on finding solutions to problems in the global carbon market (CDM).

PESD releases new Working Paper titled "Adapting to Shifting Government Priorities: An Assessment of the Performance and Strategy of India's ONGC

April 2010

In PESD's Working Paper #91 titled "Adapting to Shifting Government Priorities: An Assessment of the Performance and Strategy of India's ONGC," research fellow Varun Rai attempts to unpack the...

Should oil-producing countries emulate the "Norwegian Model"?

February 2010

PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber presented a paper on oil governance at the 2010 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) held from February 17-20th in New Orleans.

PESD researchers Mark Thurber and Xander Slaski embarked on a recent trip to India

December 2009

Mark Thurber and Xander Slaski are traveling to India to learn more about the potential for commercial cookstove ventures.

PESD releases new working paper on the real drivers of carbon capture and storage in China and implications for climate policy

October 2009

PESD researchers Richard Morse, Gang He, and Varun Rai offer a cutting-edge analysis of China's carbon capture and sequestration efforts, which are now widely viewed as critical for stabilization...

PESD releases new working paper on a climate change policy framework for India

March 2009

India has been famous for arguing that it (and the rest of the developing world) should incur no expense in controlling emissions that cause climate change.

PESD releases new working paper on "climate accession deals"

January 2009

PESD Director, David Victor, proposes the use of accession protocols -- used in becoming a member nation in international economic institutions -- as a model for more successful engagement by...

PESD releases case study of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

July 2008

In a region popularly associated with monolithic states controlling secretive but effective national oil companies, Kuwait presents a surprising picture of bitterly divided government and a chaotic...

Newsweek: Victor looks at problems with Mexico's national oil company, effect on oil markets

April 2008

What to do about Mexico's oil company, Pemex, may seem like a parochial issue of interest only to Mexicans and a few oil industry executives.

PESD releases case study of Pemex, Mexico's national oil company

April 2008

PESD has just released an 87-page case study of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico's national oil company.

Wired Magazine interviews Jeremy Carl on Clean Coal

November 2007

Clean coal is a possible answer for China and India, says Jeremy Carl, a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford and a fellow at the Program...

Reducing Greenhouse Gases: Improving the Clean Development Mechanism

August 2007

The clean development mechanism (CDM) is a means for industrial nations, known as Annex 1 countries, to meet their greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets by taking credit for reductions from...

Victor, Cullenward discuss climate change in Boston Review

February 2007

In Boston Review's January/February 2007 issue, PESD Director David Victor and PESD researcher Danny Cullenward discuss why pursuing technologies that burn coal more cleanly is the "only practical...

A crude awakening: Five FSI scholars talk to Stanford magazine about energy security

December 2006

Michael May, Michael McFaul, Scott Sagan, David Victor, and John Weyant talk to Stanford magazine for the November/December cover story on energy security.

NYU Journal of International Law & Politics publishes PESD study results

December 2006

Erik Woodhouse publishes the final report from PESD's multi-year study on privately owned power plants in emerging markets.

Senate testimony on Indian nuclear power, proliferation, and climate change

July 2006

PESD director David Victor testifies to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that the U.S.-India nuclear deal currently being debated by Congress could have a large impact on...

PESD fellow working paper examines Clean Development Mechanisms

July 2006

The Clean Development Mechanism ("CDM") was created by the Kyoto Protocol with the aims of encouraging emissions reductions in the developing world and cheapening greenhouse gas mitigation for...

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