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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. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

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. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

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

Sources of variation in under-5 mortality across sub-Saharan Africa: a spatial analysis

October 2016

The ongoing decline in under-5 mortality ranks among the most significant public and population health successes of the past 30 years.

Informational Frictions and Practice Variation: Evidence from Physicians in Training

April 2016

Abstract: Substantial practice variation across physicians for seemingly similar patients is an unresolved puzzle of great interest to economists and policy makers.

The Gorbachev Anti-Alcohol Campaign and Russia's Mortality Crisis

December 2013

Political and economic transition is often blamed for Russia’s 40% surge in deaths between 1990 and 1994 (the “Russian Mortality Crisis”).

Other Publications

The Dedicated VAT Solution

August 2010

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, co-chaired by former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senate Whip AlanSimpson, faces two over...

When Tight Blood Pressure Control is not for Everyone: A New Model for Performance Measurement in Hypertension

April 2010

Background: Many patients with hypertension have legitimate reasons to forego standard blood pressure targets yet are nonetheless included in performance measurement systems.

Recommendations for Modeling Disaster Responses in Public Health and Medicine: A Position Paper of the Society for Medical Decision Making

July 2009

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News

Guatemala project inspires and motivates Stanford medical student

June 2016

Bawel is one of a few lucky medical students to travel with Stanford pediatrician Paul Wise, MD, MPH, to San Lucas Tolimán, a town in the mountains of rural Guatemala that serves as a base for his...

“Doctor Pablo’s” Children in Crisis Initiative creates app to improve child health

June 2016

A Stanford team has created a “nutrition surveillance” app that can help boost nutrition for children in some of the world’s poorest and most remote regions.

Study: Promoting abstinence, fidelity for HIV prevention is ineffective

May 2016

In a study of nearly 500,000 individuals in 22 countries, researchers could not find any evidence that these programs had an impact on changing individual behavior.

Events

Health Policy through 2020: The ACA, Payment Reform and Global Challenges

August 29, 2016

This event has reached capacity. Please join us to watch the live-stream at this link. The symposium will focus on the key questions that impact health through the year 2020.

Why the United States Spends So Much More on Health Care than Other Countries: Economic, Institutional and Political Perspectives

June 5, 2014

Abstract: The United States spends over 17 percent of GDP on health care; the next six highest countries spend over 11 percent.

Children in Crisis Project

April 7, 2011

Paul Wise is a clinical professor of pediatrics and a CHP/PCOR core faculty member.

Projects

Health Implication of Urbanization, Migration and Obesity in India

March 2017

Urbanization and obesity-related chronic diseases are cited as threats to the future health of India's older citizens.
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Care Coordination Measures Project

This project focuses on identifying, evaluating, and developing measures of care coordination activities.
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Health Care Payment Reform

May 2009

Organized by Stanford Health Policy Director Alan Garber, the Payment Reform Project brings together a group of economists and researchers interested in creating and studying novel approaches to...
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People

Maria Polyakova Assistant Professor, HRP
Victor R. Fuchs Professor, Economics, Emeritus
Eric M. Schmidt VA HSR&D, CHP/PCOR
Jeffrey Sweet Research Staff
Oddvar Kaarboe Adjunct Affiliate, CHP/PCOR
Piya C. Sorcar Adjunct Affiliate, CHP/PCOR
Vincenzo Atella Adjunct Affiliate, CHP/PCOR
Elise S. Pecchenino Research Staff, CHP/PCOR
Michelle Zhao Research Staff, CHP/PCOR
Neesha Joseph Program Manager, CDEHA
Nicole Feldman Communications and Administrative Associate, CHP/PCOR