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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Accessing Venture Capital in India

October 1999

A one-day conference organized by Shorenstein APARC brought together 110 distinguished participants from India, the United States, Israel, Taiwan, Europe, and Latin America.

Advancing Intellectual Property Rights: Information Technologies and the Course of Economic Development in China

March 1998

Reprint from NBR Analysis volume 7, number 4.

Against Us or with Us? The Chinese Perspective of America's Alliances with Japan and Korea

May 1998

China’s attitude toward the U.S.-Japan and U.S.-Korea alliances, particularly the former, has drawn a lot of attention in the post–Cold War era.

Benefits and Burdens: The Politically Dominated Economics of U.S. Alliances with Japan and Korea

April 1998

Alliances are organizations between or among independent entities that concert to produce “collective goods” for the mutual benefit of alliance members.

Catch Up: Why Poor Countries Are Becoming Richer, Democratic, Increasingly Peaceable, and Sometimes More Dangerous

August 1999

Why Poor Countries Are Becoming Richer, Democratic, Increasingly Peaceable, and Sometimes More Dangerous It is easy to be confused about the world’s prospect.

Changing Relations between Party, Military, and Government in North Korea and Their Impact on Policy Direction

July 1999

North Korea has recently exhibited some noteworthy changes. In September 1998 it amended its constitution to change the power structure and introduced a number of progressive clauses.

China's Post-Deng Military Leadership: New Faces, New Trends

June 1998

Published as part of the "America's Alliances with Japan and Korea in a Changing Northeast Asia" Research Project.

Chinese Military Modernization and Asian Security

August 1998

Published as part of the "America's Alliances with Japan and Korea in a Changing Northeast Asia" Research Project.

Containment by Stealth: Chinese Views of and Policies toward America's Alliances with Japan and Korea after the Cold War

September 1999

At the height of the Cold War, the dominant Western theories of alliance building in interstate relations argued that alliances tend to be motivated more by an external need to confront a clearly...

East Asian Military Security Dynamics

February 1995

In comparison with the postwar decades from 1945 to 1990, East Asian prospects for peaceful stability and economic growth have never been better.

Hospital Choice in Japan

September 1995

We use newly released data on Japanese hospitals to explore patients’ perceptions of hospital quality, the implications of these assessments for the structure of demand for hospital care, and the...

Japanese Entrepreneurship: Can the Silicon Valley Model Be Applied to Japan?

December 1999

Since 1992, the Japanese economy has been utterly stagnant, with signs of weak performance at every turn.

Medical Ivory Towers and the High Cost of Health Care: A Comparison of Teaching Hospitals in the United States and Japan

January 1993

Region and Recalcitrance: Rethinking Democracy Through Southeast Asia

December 1995

Reprint from The Pacific Review (Vol. 8, No. 2).

Sankin Kotai: Institutionalized Trust as the Foundation for Economic Development in the Tokugawa Era

June 1997

Just as numerous scholars have delved into the interplay between markets and institutions in an attempt to explain the postwar economic miracle, this paper examines the relationship between markets...

Surgical Volumes and Operating Room Efficiency in Stanford University and Tokyo University Hospitals

January 1996

One of the most persistent and important questions in international comparisons of health systems pertains to the wide divergence in costs between countries.

Japan-America Security Alliance: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century, The

January 1998

By almost any criterion of success—be it cost-effectiveness, risk-reward ratio, multipliereffects, or sheer longevity, the Japan America Security Alliance (JASA) stands out as one ofthe most...

Korean Economic Crisis: What Can We Learn From It?, The

May 1998

Just like many other crises, the Korean currency crisis came suddenly. In mid-November 1997, headlines in the Korean press consisted mostly of presidential election stories.

Role of Government in Economic Development, The: Some Observations from the Experience of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

August 1998

This collection of papers stems from a recent World Bank project focused upon the contentious issue of whether government has played any positive role in the success of the so-called "high...

Short March: China's Road to Democracy, The

December 1996

Reprint from The National Interest (Fall 1996).

Unbundling the Network: The Three-Layer Model As A New Telecommunications Industry Structure

December 1996

" Reprint from Information Infrastructure and Policy (Vol. 4 1995).

North Korea: 2005 and Beyond

January 2006

Ten years ago, in the summer of 1995, it was fashionable in Washington and Seoul to predict the imminent collapse of North Korea's political and economic systems, and even the state itself.

Relating the U.S.-Korea and U.S.-Japan Alliances to Emerging Asia Pacific Multilateral Processes: An ASEAN Perspective

March 2000

American military power underpinned the security structure of the Asia Pacific region during the Cold War. Post-Cold War, its role is still vital to peace and stability in the region.

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