A Comparative Study of Good Government in EU Regions
Chapter 6: Variation in sub-national QoG in Belgium: Flanders and Wallonia
According to the results of the quality of government (QoG) quantitative survey conducted between December 2009 and February 2010, the Walloon region showed a significantly weaker QoG score than Flanders. The aim of the present chapter is thus to investigate possible explanations for the variation in QoG between the two regions. The chapter is based on interviews carried out with experts representing different public institutions or mechanisms of surveillance of public institutions in Belgium. The interviews were guided by the common QoG questionnaire and discussions dealt with QoG-related aspects such as quality, corruption and impartiality in the public services. In order to assess a potential QoG variation between the two regions, the interviews were based on questions regarding the impact of self-governance and accountability, public sector employment and hiring, elected representatives, and anti-corruption measures.
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