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Chapter 3: Difficulties with measuring the rule of law
There are various different approaches in the literature to conceptualizing and measuring the rule of law. In this contribution we compare various approaches and identify relevant measures. We find strong correlations among them, notwithstanding very different approaches to conceptualization. This itself raises a puzzle about what is driving the convergence. We find that all the measures are highly correlated with corruption indices, suggesting that the convergence is driven by a common third factor. Following Rothstein (2014), we argue that the rule of law indicators capture a more encompassing concept of impartial administration. The chapter thus critiques the rule of law measurement enterprise as insufficiently linked to the underlying normative concept.
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