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 Scholarly Publications

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Avoidable Hospital Admissions From Diabetes Complications In Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, And Communities Outside Beijing

January 2018

Improving the quality of primary care may reduce avoidable hospital admissions.

Will Demographic Change Slow China's Rise?

June 2013

China's population of 1.34 billion is now 50 percent urban, over 13 percent above age 60, and with 118 boys born for every 100 girls.

Contracting with Private Providers for Primary Care Services: Evidence from Urban China

January 2013

Controversy surrounds the role of the private sector in health service delivery, including primary care and population health services.

Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance in Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Naval Area Medical Research Unit 2

January 2012

Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) pose international security threats because of their potential to inflict harm upon humans, crops, livestock, health infrastructure, and economies.

Soft Budget Constraints and Ownership: Empirical Evidence from U.S. Hospitals

December 2011

Consistent with the property rights theory of ownership incorporating soft budget constraints (SBCs), we find that controlling for SBCs, for-profit hospitals drop safety-net services more often and...

Prescribing Institutions: Explaining the Evolution of Physician Dispensing (journal article)

December 2011

Health systems provide a rich field for testing hypotheses of institutional economics.

Prescribing Institutions: Explaining the Evolution of Physician Dispensing (working paper)

October 2011

A condensed version of this paper is published in the Journal of Institutional Economics (2012) 8(2): 247-270.Abstract: Health systems provide a rich field for testing hypotheses of institutional...

Health Expenditures in Pakistan: Cross-Checking Household Expenditure Data on Health for NHA and Adjustment with National Accounts

December 2010

According to hitherto available data, health expenditures in Pakistan are relatively low in international comparison.

The Imbalance between Patient Needs and the Limited Competence of Top-Level Health Providers in Urban China: An Empirical Study

November 2010

Objective: To show the pattern of patient satisfaction with top-level delivery organizations (Level 2 and Level 3 hospitals), and using neo-institutionalism approach to explain the relatively low...

Perverse Incentives in the Chinese Health System and Assessment of the April 2009 Reform

October 2010

Since 1978, China has been primarily market-focused in its provision of health care and social services.

The Global Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance: Insights from Economic Analysis

August 2010

The prevalence of antimicrobial resistance (AR) limits the therapeutic options for treatment of infections, and increases the social benefit from disease prevention.

Comparing Public and Private Hospitals in China: Evidence from Guangdong

March 2010

Background: The literature comparing private not-for-profit, for-profit, and government providers mostly relies on empirical evidence from high-income and established market economies.

Provider Payment Incentives: International Comparisons

December 2009

This issue of the International Journal of Healthcare Finance and Economics features eightarticles evaluating different provider payment methods in comparative international perspective, with...

The Effect of Soft Budget Constraints on Access and Quality in US Hospital Care

December 2009

Given an increasingly complex web of financial pressures on providers, studies have examined how hospitals’ overall financial health affects different aspects of hospital operations.

Soft Budget Constraints in China: Evidence from the Guangdong Hospital Industry

December 2009

Using data from 276 general acute hospitals in the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong Province from 2002 and 2004, we construct a preliminary metric of budget constraint softness.

The Emerging Role of Private Health Care Provision in China

December 2009

China continues to face great challenges in meeting the health needs of its large population.

Comparing Public and Private Hospitals in China: Evidence from Guangdong

December 2009

Government and private roles in health service delivery remain controversial in China, as in many countries.

Soft budget constraints in China: Evidence from the Guangdong hospital industry

December 2009

Using data from 276 general acute hospitals in the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong Province from 2002 and 2004, we construct a preliminary metric of budget constraint softness.

Inpatient treatment of diabetic patients in Asia: evidence from India, China, Thailand and Malaysia

October 2009

Aims The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) has grown rapidly, but little is known about the drivers of inpatient spending in low- and middle-income countries.

Allocation of control rights and cooperation efficiency in public-private partnerships: Theory and evidence from the Chinese pharmaceutical industry

March 2009

This article uses incomplete contract theory to study the allocation of control rights in public-private partnerships (PPPs) between pharmaceutical enterprises and nonprofit organizations; it also...

Does your health care depend on how your insurer pays providers? Variation in utilization and outcomes in Thailand

March 2009

Hospitals in Thailand operate in a multiple insurance payment environment.

Developing Commercial Health Insurance in China

December 2008

In late 2006, the Chinese government appointed a high-level inter-ministerial commission—composed of fourteen government agencies, co-chaired by the National Development and Reform Commission and...

Hospital Ownership and Quality of Care: What Explains the Different Results?

December 2008

This systematic review examines what factors explain the diversity of findings regarding hospital ownership and quality.

Has the Use of Physician Gatekeepers Declined among HMOs? Evidence from the United States

December 2008

Since the mid-1980s, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) have grown rapidly in the United States.  Despite initial successes in constraining health care costs, HMOs have come under increasing...

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Lisa Lee Program Coordinator, Asia Health Policy Program and Southeast Asia Program