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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International Isolation and Regional Inequality: Evidence from Sanctions on North Korea

February 2018

This paper examines how the spatial distribution of economic activity evolved within North Korea during a period of economic sanctions.

Government guaranteed small business loans and regional growth

February 2018

This paper examines the impact of government guaranteed small business loans on regional growth.

Peace on a Knife's Edge: The Inside Story of Roh Moo-hyun's North Korea Policy

February 2018

Peace on a Knife’s Edge is the translation of Lee Jong-Seok's 2014 memoir of South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun's efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula in the face of opposition at home...

Superficial Korea

September 2017

In this book, Gi-Wook Shin shares his observations on and provides recommendations for social maladies currently affecting Korean society.

Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea

July 2016

Scholars have long examined the relationship between nation-states and their "internal others," such as immigrants and ethno-racial minorities. Contested Embrace shifts the analytic focus to...

Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War

July 2016

No nation is free from the charge that it has a less-than-complete view of the past.

The Evolving Sino-American Relationship and the Korea Problem

August 2015

Distrust between the United States and China continues to grow in Northeast Asia.

Anti-Americanism in Democratizing South Korea

July 2015

Americans think of South Korea as one of the most pro-American of countries, but in fact many Koreans hold harsh and conspiratorial views of the United States.

People with Disabilities in a Changing North Korea

March 2014

"People with Disabilities in a Changing North Korea" details the situation that people with disabilities face in the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK).

New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan

January 2014

New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan takes a creative and comparative view of the new challenges and dynamics confronting these maturing democracies.Numerous works deal with...

South Korea and the Global Economy in Transition

December 2012

These working papers on the South Korean economy are the product of an annual conference series on Korean affairs hosted by Stanford University's Korean Studies Program (KSP), and made possible by...

The Election That Could Reorder South Korea’s Politics

September 2012

This year is one of elections and leadership changes throughout the Asia-Pacific region.Earlier in 2012, Taiwan reelected President Ma Ying-jeou to a second term.

Adapt, Fragment, Transform: Corporate Restructuring and System Reform in South Korea

July 2012

South Korea remains a puzzle for political economists.

Only Beautiful, Please: A British Diplomat in North Korea

June 2012

Coverage of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) all too often focuses solely on nuclear proliferation, military parades, and the personality cult around its leaders.

Democracy after Democratization: The Korean Experience

May 2012

Half a century since the adoption of democracy in South Korea, the Korean people's high hopes for popular governance have not been met.

U.S.-DPRK Educational Exchanges: Assessment and Future Strategy

December 2011

Although there are no formal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), nonetheless there have been constant attempts by U.S.

Beyond North Korea: Future Challenges to South Korea's Security

December 2011

Why should Americans worry about South Korean security? The answer is clear: North Korea, and beyond. Most international attention to the North Korea problem has focused on U.S.

Anti-American and Anti-Alliance Sentiments in South Korea

November 2011

The strain between the United States and the Republic of Korea is often seen as a result of South Korea's anti-Americanism.

Restitution for Reconciliation: The US, Japan, and the Unpaid Assets of Asian Forced Mobilization Victims

July 2011

More than six decades after the end of World War II, the Japanese government has yet to return an estimated ¥278 million worth of unpaid financial assets owed to Asian victims of forced...

South Korean Social Movements: From Democracy to Civil Society

May 2011

This book explores the evolution of social movements in South Korea by focusing on how they have become institutionalized and diffused in the democratic period.

Values and History in U.S.-South Korean Relations

October 2010

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Stanford Korean Studies Program Brochure

October 2010

The Stanford Korean Studies Program (Stanford KSP) focuses on multidisciplinary, social science-oriented, collaborative research on contemporary Korea.

A Brief History of the U.S.-ROK Alliance and Anti-Americanism in South Korea

May 2010

This paper reviews the history of relations between Korea and the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to early 2008.

One Alliance, Two Lenses: U.S.-Korea Relations in a New Era

January 2010

One Alliance, Two Lenses examines U.S.-Korea relations in a short but dramatic period (1992-2003) that witnessed the end of the Cold War, South Korea's full democratization, inter-Korean engagement...

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