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

Food Policy Analysis

December 1983

Food policy will be of paramount concern to economic development efforts for at least the next two decades.

Institutions for the Earth

October 1993

Other Publications

Indonesia at a Crossroads

May 1999

It is a large country with a volatile, multi-ethnic population, held together for decades by authoritarian rule and a strong military.

Indonesia Faces Threats to Its Nascent Democracy

July 1999

Candidates' Views on Science, The

October 2000

During each of the past several U.S. presidential elections, Science has posed questions about science policy to the major-party candidates.

News

At climate symposium, Kennedy posits global warming as most serious worldwide threat

June 2004

Speaking at a June 24 joint conference sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, CESP senior fellow Donald Kennedy warned of the pressing need to address...

Cohen's 10-week Google.org course on poverty and development now available on YouTube

March 2008

Full video of the Google.org course on poverty and development that Program on Global Justice Director Joshua Cohen moderated from September to November 2007 is now available online at YouTube.com....

CESP senior fellows receive funding from the Presidential Fund to support the launch of the new program on Food Security and the Environment

February 2006

The project, "Feeding the World in the 21st Century: Exploring the Connections Between Food Production, Health, Environmental Resources and International Security," was one of eight projects to be...

Events

Climate change and agricultural adaptation

December 8, 2011

What should food policy experts understand about future climate and how it will affect food security? What don't we know?

Why Has Africa Been Slow in Developing its Agriculture?

April 7, 2011

This talk will focus on the investment and policy strategies needed for a dynamic agricultural sector, and how conditions in Africa differ from those in Asia.

Projects

Deadly Connections: Climate, Disease, Poverty and Conflict

Violent conflicts claim 3,000 lives per day through wars, bombings and attacks that dominate the news media.
English

Global Education Network on Food Policy, Food Security, and the Environment

Providing food security for a world that will be warmer, more populous, and continually developing requires the implementation of sound policies that enhance food and agricultural consumption,...
English

Solar Market Gardens as a Tool for Rural Development

In the northern region of Benin, in the Sudano-Sahel region of West Africa, the dry season between rains can last six to nine months at a time.
English

Multimedia

Achieving Food Security and Nutrition in an Era of Conflict and Climate Change

December 2015

Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on 5 April 2012.Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non- profit, government, and corporate...

Interview: Ertharin Cousin

December 2015

Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on 5 April 2012.Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non- profit, government, and corporate...

Food Insecurity: A 21st Century Threat to Global Security and Stability

May 2018

Ertharin Cousin, Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment, presented her ongoing research on food insecurity as a global threat on...

People

Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
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ertharin cousin edwfp 6 Ertharin Cousin Visiting Scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment
R Pizarro Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar