A Comparative Study of Good Government in EU Regions
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.