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.

Chapter 1: A focus on the European Union and the sub-national dimension of QoG

Lewis Dijkstra

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

Extract

This chapter is organized as follows. Section 1.2 explains why quality of government (QoG) is relevant for the 27 countries in the European Union (EU). Section 1.3 describes why the sub-national dimension is both a new and an important dimension for the study of QoG. Section 1.4 provides a brief overview of actions by the European Commission aimed to improve QoG in the EU. Section 1.5 concludes.

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