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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.
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Chapter 4: QoG at the sub-national level and the EQI

Nicholas Charron


To what extent do the national-level indicators overlook significant variation within EU countries themselves? This chapter explores this question. However, sub-national data that capture levels of QoG at the sub-national level are not available in a multi-country, European context. To fill in this gap, we take advantage of a recent survey funded by the European Commission, ‘Measuring Quality of Government and Sub-National Variation’, which built a regional index of QoG from a survey of approximately 34,000 EU citizens; this constitutes the largest survey undertaken to date to measure QoG at the sub-national level.

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