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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Trends and determinants of rural residential solid waste collection services in China

August 2016

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe the trends in residential solid waste collection (RSWC) services in rural China over the past decade and analyze the determinants of these services...

The New Rural Social Pension Program in Rural China: Participation and its Correlates

August 2016

Purpose: The need for a universal rural pension system has been heightened by demographic changes in rural China, including the rapid aging of the nation’s rural population and a dramatic decline...

276-Is the high school admissions process fair? Explaining inequalities in elite high school enrollments in developing countries

October 2014

Researchers typically explain inequalities in access to elite high schools by looking at gaps that appear before the high school admissions process.

The Role of Agriculture in China's Development: Performance, policy determinants of success, and lessons for Africa

April 2014

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

Providing Quality Infrastructure in Rural Villages: The Case of Rural Roads in China

March 2013

When seeking to build high quality and cost-effective infrastructure in rural villages, a fundamental question is: Who is better at doing so?

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.

New Evidence on the Impact of China’s New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme and its Implications for Rural Primary Healthcare: Multivariate Difference-in-difference Analysis

October 2010

Objectives: To determine whether China's New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS), which aims to provide health insurance to 800 million rural citizens and to correct distortions in rural...

Good and Bad News From China's New Cooperative Medical Scheme

July 2010

*/ Abstract: The overall goal of this article is to understand the progress in implementing the New Cooperative Medical Scheme, while seeking to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the programme...

Governance Structures and Resource Policy Reform: Insights from Agricultural Transition

June 2009

New research on the political economy of policy-induced distortions to incentives for optimal resource use in agriculture and insights from the study of the dramatic reforms in former state...

Children’s Social Welfare in China, 1989–1997: Access to Health Insurance and Education

December 2005

Fundamental changes in China’s finance system for social services have decentralized responsibilities for provision to lower levels of government and increased costs to individuals.