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Governance Indicators: Approaches, Progress, Promise

Helmut K. Anheier, Matthias Haber, and Mark A. Kayser


As difficult as it might seem to define governance, it appears to be that much more difficult to measure it. Since the World Bank Institute launched the Worldwide Governance Indicators in the late 1990s, the governance indicators field has flourished and experienced significant advances in terms of methodology, data coverage and quality, and policy relevance. Other major initiatives have added to a momentum that propelled research on governance indicators seen in few other academic fields in the economic and social sciences. Given these developments and the prominence and policy relevance the ... More

Keywords: governance, indicators, methodology, policy relevance, stocktaking, challenges

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817062
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helmut K. Anheier, editor
President and Professor of Sociology, Hertie School of Governance

Matthias Haber, editor
Research Scientist, Hertie School of Governance

Mark A. Kayser, editor
Professor of Applied Methods and Comparative Politics, Hertie School of Governance

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1 Governance Indicators

Helmut K. Anheier

Part I What Are Indicators For and What Difference Do They Make?

3 Beyond Measurement

Francis Fukuyama and Francesca Recanatini

4 Can a Civilisation Know Its Own Institutional Decline?

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Roberto Martínez Barranco Kukutschka

Part II Measuring and Communicating Governance Solutions

5 Measuring Governance

James R. Hollyer

7 Innovations in Objectively Measuring Corruption in Public Procurement

Mihály Fazekas, Luciana Cingolani, and Bence Tóth

Part III The Way Forward

11 Measuring Governance

Mark A. Kayser

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