Quality of Government and Corruption from a European Perspective

Quality of Government and Corruption from a European Perspective

A Comparative Study of Good Government in EU Regions

Nicholas Charron, Victor Lapuente and Bo Rothstein

In this book the authors tackle the concept of ‘quality of government’ (QoG) both conceptually and empirically and apply their focus to EU countries and regions. In a pioneering empirical effort, they map out regional QoG for the first time for 172 NUTS 1 and 2 regions throughout 18 countries in the EU, and provide a detailed methodology. They follow up the quantitative assessment with three case studies demonstrating the wide variation of QoG found within the countries of Italy, Belgium and Romania. The book concludes with important lessons and ideas for future research.

Introduction

Nicholas Charron, Victor Lapuente and Bo Rothstein

Subjects: politics and public policy, european politics and policy, public policy, regulation and governance

Extract

Quality of government (QoG) should be a priority for all governments in Europe. Improving QoG and maintaining high QoG does not happen automatically, it requires constant effort and attention. If it is not a clear political priority, it will not improve and may (further) deteriorate. A high-quality, efficient and impartial public administration is desirable in and of itself. It is supported across political lines. Furthermore, high QoG has beneficial impacts on economic development, well-being and environmental quality, underlining the strategic role of QoG. Several European countries have some of the highest QoG in the world. But still too many European countries score poorly and some have seen their scores fall over time. To put more pressure on countries where progress is halting or quality is falling, a strong public debate on QoG is needed. This book contributes to that public debate by highlighting the differences within the European Union (EU) and within its member states.