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 6: Variation in sub-national QoG in Belgium: Flanders and Wallonia

Jonas Håkansson

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


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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