Good Government
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Good Government

The Relevance of Political Science

Edited by Sören Holmberg and Bo Rothstein

In all societies, the quality of government institutions is of the utmost importance for the well-being of its citizens. Problems like high infant mortality, lack of access to safe water, unhappiness and poverty are not primarily caused by a lack of technical equipment, effective medicines or other types of knowledge generated by the natural or engineering sciences. Instead, the critical problem is that the majority of the world’s population live in societies that have dysfunctional government institutions. Central issues discussed in the book include: how can good government be conceptualized and measured, what are the effects of ‘bad government’ and how can the quality of government be improved?
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Chapter 15: Access to Safe Water

Sören Holmberg and Bo Rothstein

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15. Access to safe water Sören Holmberg and Bo Rothstein On June 16, 2006, The New York Times had a front-page article about Angola. The article is introduced by a large picture showing two young boys and one young girl – a fair guess is that they...

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