Quality of Government and Corruption from a European Perspective
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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 8: Conclusions: how to improve QoG in Europe

A Comparative Study of Good Government in EU Regions

Victor Lapuente


As we have seen in Part I, both scholars and policy makers interested in socio-economic development during the latest two decades have increasing highlighted the importance of what is known as good governance, state capacity or, in the terminology used here, quality of government (QoG) and quality of institutions. In general, academic publications and international organizations (for example, the World Bank and the United Nations) have called attention to the value of good governance for primarily developing countries. Yet, as the notable within-EU variations in QoG presented in Part II indicate, the potential benefits (or drawbacks) of improving (or declining) QoG are not exclusive to developing or emerging economies. QoG should also be seen as a goal for both academic and practitioners within the EU.

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