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 Events

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Fighting to End Hunger at Home & Abroad: Ambassador Ertharin Cousin shares her journey & lessons learned

May 22, 2019

Fighting to End Hunger at Home & Abroad:  Ambassador Ertharin Cousin shares her journey & lessons learnedA Conversation in Global Health with Ertharin CousinFSI Payne Distinguished Lecturer...

Earth Matters: Feeding the World in the 21st Century

October 2, 2014

Meeting the world’s need for food in the 21st century presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

Has the Food Price Bubble Burst?

April 29, 2014

A reception in the lobby of Encina Hall will follow the event. Bursting the Bubble: A Long Run Perspective What are the long run drivers of global food prices?

E-IPER Dissertation Defense: Rachael Garrett

June 5, 2013

Interactions between global supply chains, land use, and governance: the case of soybean production in South America Rapid growth in global soybean demand has had a profound impact on land cover in...

China and Africa: Are there Lessons for Development?

April 17, 2013

The lost decades for China in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s look remarkably like the lost decades of Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.

Africa's Food Systems in 2030

February 5, 2013

Paul Collier will talk about how to manage the difference between helpful and damaging commercialisation, and puts forth three arguments.

How can trade improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa?

January 23, 2013

For decades, earnings from farming in many developing countries, including in sub-Saharan Africa, have been depressed by a pro-urban bias in own-country policies, as well as by governments of...

Biofuels: The changing nature of agricultural demand

April 11, 2012

Policies promoting ethanol and biodiesel production and use in the U.S., Europe, and other parts of the world since the mid-2000s have had profound—and largely unintended—consequences on global...

12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment & Security

January 18, 2012

FSE director Roz Naylor will be a plenary speaker at the National Council for Science and Education's 12th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Environment & Security.

Emerging Land Issues in African Agriculture: Toward the identification of appropriate rural development strategies

January 12, 2012

Thom Jayne, Professor of International Development from Michigan State University will answer the following questions: What are the trends in land access?

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?

African Agricultural R&D and Productivity Growth in a Global Setting

October 6, 2011

Trends in productivity and investments in technology. Survey of constraints to productivity, incentives and investment, and opportunities to raise productivity.

Climate Variability, Rice Production, and Food Policy in Indonesia

June 16, 2011

Roz Naylor will be lecturing on climate variability, rice production, and food policy in Indonesia as part of Brown University's conference on Climate Change and its Impacts.

Managing Food Price Volatility: Approaches at the Global, National and Household Levels

May 26, 2011

What does price instability have to do with food security? Price spikes hurt poor consumers, price collapses hurt farmers, and price risks reduce investment.

Assisting the Escape from Persistent Ultra-Poverty in Rural Africa

April 27, 2011

Christopher Barrett reviews the evidence on persistent poverty with a focus on rural Africa.

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.

People

Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
R Pizarro Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
js picture 2 Johan Swinnen Affiliate
ertharin cousin edwfp 6 Ertharin Cousin Visiting Scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment