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. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

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. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

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

Dynasties and Democracy: The Inherited Incumbency Advantage in Japan

June 2018

Although democracy is, in principle, the antithesis of dynastic rule, families with multiple members in elective office continue to be common around the world.

Reinventing Japan: New Directions in Global Leadership (Book Chapter)

March 2018

Highly readable yet deeply researched, this book serves as an essential guide to the many ways in which Japan has risen to become one of the world's most creative and innovative societies.•...

The decline in bank-led corporate restructuring in Japan: 1981-2010

March 2018

Using a unique dataset on all major corporate restructuring events in Japan between 1981 and 2010, we assess changes in the role of the main bank in guiding corporate turarounds, and the economic...

Other Publications

Taiwan's Place in the Evolving Security Environment of East Asia

July 2018

In March 2018 the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project, a part of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia- Pacific Research Center, convened a workshop that...

Is the War Danger in Korea Real?

August 2017

President Donald Trump's ominous threat to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea succeeded at least in garnering the attention of not only Kim Jong Un but the globe.

The North Korean Missile Test Pushes Xi and Putin Closer

July 2017

The most dangerous impact of North Korea’s long-range missile test this past week may not have been the one in the Sea of Japan, felt in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.

News

7th Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize Awarded

October 2018

Sungmoon Lim (BA '18 Urban Studies) has won the 7th annual Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies for her paper, "Urban Design in the Age of Globalization: An Analysis of the Global...

Visiting Southeast Asia Expert Explores Political Behavior and Institutions in Vietnam

September 2018

  A Q&A with Paul Schulerby Thom HolmeThe start of a new academic year is always filled with excited anticipation by all of us at Shorenstein APARC.

CVID approach to North Korea's nuclear program faces significant challenges

September 2018

The recent developments in North Korea's summit diplomacy and the feasibility of CVID (complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement) of the nuclear program have received unprecedented...

Events

How and Why Did the Opposition Win in Malaysia? Lessons for Semi-Authoritarian Asia

October 18, 2018

Malaysia's ruling National Front (BN) coalition ran one of the most durable authoritarian governments in the world.

Why Xi Jinping’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Has Undermined Chinese Citizens’ Regime Support?

October 12, 2018

Populist leaders around the world often fight against corruption in an effort to win public support.

Independence and Governance in Singapore: The Highest Stage of Colonialism?

October 11, 2018

Singapore’s government is widely seen as competent, honest, and meritocratic—an exceptional case of post-colonial governance.  Nor can any elected incumbent party anywhere match Singapore’s People...

Projects

India Colloquia 2017-2018

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China: Going Global

Beijing’s new Silk Road initiative links old trade corridors from Asia to Africa and Europe.
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A New India? The Impact of Twenty-Five Years of Reforms

In 2014, Indian voters gave Narendra Modi and the BJP a mandate to accelerate India’s economic reforms and revitalize its foreign relations, in particular with the United States and with partners...
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Multimedia

The North Korea Crisis

June 2017

Video and transcript from the joint CISAC/Shorenstein APARC panel discussion, "The North Korea Crisis," on May 30, 2017, with James Person, director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation at the Center for Korean History and Public Policy; Gi-Wook...

Wind of Change? South Korea under the New Administration

May 2017

Video and transcript from the Shorenstein APARC Korea Program colloquium, "Wind of Change?

15th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Keynote Speech by Ian Johnson: Religion After Mao

May 2017

Video and transcript from "15th Annual Shorenstein Journalism Award Keynote Speech by Ian Johnson: Religion after Mao" on May 1, 2017, with keynote speaker and Shorenstein Journalism Award winner Ian Johnson.Following a century of violent anti...

People

Karen Eggleston Senior Fellow
Takeo Hoshi Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Finance
Portrait of Jean Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Thomas Fingar Fellow
Xueguang Zhou Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Fellow, S-APARC, Core faculty, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar
Kharis Templeman Project Manager, Taiwan Democracy & Security Project, U.S.-Asia Security Initiative
Hiroto Akai Global Affiliate Visiting Fellow, 2017-19, Ministry of Finance - Japan
Tetsuji Ito Global Affiliate Visiting Fellow, 2018-19, Development Bank of Japan