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 Events

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Is Korean Democracy in Crisis?

October 12, 2020

In recent years, we have witnessed a worldwide trend of "democratic depression" in both young and established democracies, where the backsliding from democracy is facilitated by various forces such...

Modernization and Democratic Citizenship in East Asia

May 4, 2020

Do middle-class citizens in East Asia support democracy? Do they prefer democracy to other regime types, as modernization theory contends?

"You're Fired": A Comparative Analysis of Presidential Impeachment in the United States and South Korea

April 17, 2020

Presidential impeachment is becoming increasingly common in democracies around the world; however, the public’s understanding of impeachment both as a legal and a political process and how it fits...

CANCELED: Human Rights in North Korea Policy: Human Rights and Security are not in Conflict

January 22, 2020

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELEDIn keeping with Stanford University's guidance to event hosts Over the last three years, the United States has done an about-face in terms of engaging North Korea on...

North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths

January 10, 2019

The stories of North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are two of Asia’s most difficult.

Asia's Development Challenges and Technology

September 17, 2018

Asia has achieved remarkable progress on economic development and poverty reduction over the past decades.

Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866-1945

May 1, 2018

RSVP required: Click here to register.This is a book talk with Carter Eckert, the author of Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866-1945Discussants:Barak Kushner: Reader in...

Government Purchases and Firm Growth: Evidence from South Korea's Public Procurement Market

May 1, 2018

Public procurement accounts for a substantial portion of the taxpayers' money: approximately 12% of GDP and 29% of government expenditure in OECD countries. Governments are expected to carry it out...

Return Migrants as Skilled Labor: The Case of Transnational Korean New Zealander Returnees

February 12, 2018

Transferring knowledge and skills through skilled labor has become a critical topic in contemporary migration studies.

Reflections on Korean Democracy

October 27, 2017

Hak-kyu Sohn, a career politician and the former chairman of the South Korea's Democratic Party, will share his insights into Korean democracy based on his decades of experience in politics.As a...

A Conversation with the Author of "Superficial Korea"

September 22, 2017

In Superficial Korea, a book recently published in South Korea, Gi-Wook Shin, professor of sociology and Shorenstein APARC director, shares his observations on and provides recommendations for...

How to Make Candlelight Dreams Come True?: Socio-Economic Policies toward a New Korea

September 5, 2017

Through 20 weeks of persistent and peaceful demonstrations, South Koreans called for their former president's impeachment which resulted in a special presidential election in May.

Wind of Change? South Korea under the New Administration

April 20, 2017

South Koreans will elect a new president on May 9 after months of political turmoil that led to the impeachment of their most recent president, Park Geun-hye.

Corruption, Trust, and Occupational Preference in South Korea

March 24, 2017

One prominent feature of South Korea, as well as other countries in East Asia, is citizens’ strong preference to work for large conglomerates or the government, as opposed to startups or small and...

Human Capital and Development: Insights from Korea's Transformation

March 24, 2017

South Korea's persistent economic growth combined with a democratic political system has transformed the country into a developed nation.

Korea's Migrants: From Homogeneity to Diversity

February 23, 2017

The 9th Annual Koret WorkshopSouth Korea has long promoted a sense of ethnic unity but in recent years has seen an influx of ethnic and non-ethnic Koreans, making the country more diverse.

North Korean Nuke, THAAD, and South Korean Debates

February 2, 2017

The North Korean nuclear crisis is going from bad to worse and South Korea has disagreements over how to deal with it.

Aid as Transnational Social Capital: Korea's Official Development Assistance in Higher Education

January 24, 2017

Rennie Moon explores a new framework for higher education official development assistance (ODA) with a focus on the transnational bridging benefits of social capital.

Impeachment and After: What Does the Future Hold for Korea's Politics?

January 5, 2017

Last December, the Korean National Assembly voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, and her case is now under consideration at the Constitutional Court. If the Court upholds the Assembly vote,...

Capitalist Maturity and South Korea’s Development Conundrum

September 6, 2016

Korea’s economic development trajectory is well known. From an impoverished war-torn nation, the country has progressed on all fronts.

16th Korea-U.S West Coast Strategic Forum

August 19, 2016

In this sixteenth session of the Strategic Forum, former senior American and South Korean government officials and other leading experts will discuss current developments in the Korean Peninsula...

'Hell Chosun' and 'Ghost Island': Growing Voter Anger and New Nationalisms in South Korea and Taiwan

May 18, 2016

Left-center parties in South Korea and Taiwan recently defeated their conservative opponents amid a surge in turnout by younger voters. What are the underlying causes of these developments?

Overcoming Economic Malaise: Strategic, Educational and Social Innovation for South Korea

May 4, 2016

South Korea has relied on its export-oriented development model to become an economic powerhouse, but has now reached the limits of this model.

Globalization, Innovation, and Culture in Korea

April 22, 2016

The 8th Annual Koret WorkshopSouth Korea has become an economic powerhouse, but faces multiple challenges.

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Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology