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 7: Variation in sub-national QoG in Romania

Oana Borcan

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


Mapping QoG with regional indices reveals the benefits of going beyond the boundaries of mere ordinal assessment of the institutions’ performance. The EQI index in real number form meets the need to gather all possible information about the intensity of the frictions that render the institutions more or less dysfunctional. Between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ institutions lies an entire range of shades that stem from tiny, barely observable factors. Rough aggregation into performance categories would obscure this information, known to insiders but not to outside observers.

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