A Comparative Study of Good Government in EU Regions
Chapter 8: Conclusions: how to improve QoG in Europe
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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