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.

Scholarly Publications

Past Successes and Future Challenges in Rural China’s Human Capital

March 2019

This paper describes the current level of human capital in China and seeks to identify a number of education-related challenges that may slow down the nation’s economy from transitioning to high...

Computer Science Skills Across China, India, Russia, and the United States

March 2019

We assess and compare computer science skills among final-year computer science undergraduates (seniors) in four major economic and political powers that produce approximately half of the science,...

Shifting Fiscal Control to Limit Cadre Power in China's Townships and Villages

October 2012

In contrast to its decentralized political economy model of the 1980s, China took a surprising turn towards recentralization in the mid-1990s.

News

Bloomberg Businessweek: China Built a Global Economy in 40 Years. Now it Has a New Plan

December 2018

Bloomberg Businessweek writes on China's historic economic reforms and the future to come, quoting Scott Rozelle and REAP's work on education and human capacity building in rural China.

Fieldwork Fail: FSI Faculty Share Lessons Learned the Hard Way

March 2016

"What do I do about the chickens?"When assistant professor of medicine Eran Bendavid began a study on livestock in African households to determine impact on childhood health, he'd already...

Cuéllar looks back on leading FSI

December 2014

For 14 years, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been a tireless Stanford professor who has strengthened the fabric of university’s interdisciplinary nature.

Events

End Heuristics in Retrospective Voting: Evidence from a Conditional Cash Transfer Experiment

October 2, 2017

About the Speaker: Patrick McEwan is a Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. He conducts research on education and social policy in developing countries, especially in Latin America.

Does Money Matter? Education Enrollment and Attainment in Rural China

March 11, 2016

In 2006, the Chinese Government introduced a massive block grant program for rural compulsory education, similar to that of Title I grant in the United States.

Education Policy as an Optimal Procurement Problem

December 9, 2015

A wealth of research has been conducted on optimal procedures for government procurement of services and the best use of public resources.

Projects

Technology and Human Capital _ Migration

One often hears that China has the largest online population in the world.
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Policy Related Research - REAP 2013

Official Policy Briefs(Submitted to China’s State Council) Research and Policy Recommendations on the Situation of Infant Malnutrition and Underdevelopment in Poor AreasAdvisory for Implementing a...
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Documenting China's Digital Divide

China faces an emerging technology divide: while some groups have gained much access to technology, others lag behind.
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Multimedia

REAP at a Glance

July 2014

Learn the basics of REAP's approach and our research areas of interest in this short documentary.