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Managing the crisis: A comparative analysis of economic governance in 14 countries Using data from the Bertelsmann Transformation Index for transition countries and the Sustainable Governance Indicators for OECD countries, this report analyses the countries’ capacities to respond to the economic crisis 2007-2009. For transition countries, a lack of these capacities is found to be strongly correlated to widespread corruption. Read More...
Sources of corruption in authoritarian regimes In this paper, the authors investigate whether personalistic authoritarian ruling regimes exhibit higher degrees of corruption than single-party or military dictatorships. Using cross-sectional data from over 40 dictatorial regimes, they find that personalistic and personalistic-hybrid regimes show to be significantly more corrupt. Additionally, the authors corroborate existing research in finding that countries with the availability of natural resources were more likely to be corrupt, while countries with higher levels of political competition and economic development were associated with less corruption. Read More...
Does democracy produce quality of government? This is a recently published article in the European Journal of Political Research which looks at democracy's conditional relationship with Quality of Government (QoG). This article examines the relationship between political regimes and quality of government (QoG), which is defined broadly and measured empirically as ‘controlling corruption, having an effective bureaucracy and a strong, impartial rule of law’. The authors ask the broad question - which type of political regime - democracy or dictatorship - provides better QoG? Based on several earlier studies, it has been shown in the literature that this relationship is 'j-shaped', meaning that when democracy is measured on a continuous scale, countries in the middle are outperformed by both strong democracies and strong autocracies on average. Read More...
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Failed State Index The Failed State Index analyses literature and datasets according to a framework developed to build conflict assessments and vulnerability to conflict at country level. The index is based on the use of 12 indicators around areas of social indicators, refugees, group grievance, human flight, economic indicators, economic decline, political indicators, public services, human rights, security apparatus, factionalised elites, and external intervention. Read More...
Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) The Worldwide Governance Indicators compile data from tens of other data sets to produce an average score for countries according to voice and accountability, political stability, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, and control of corruption Read More...
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Failed and Fragile States Project The Failed and Fragile States Project aims to document country fragility through a comprehensive analysis of the multi-faceted processes of fragility. To do this the project uses extensive structural data and dynamic events analysis in combination to assess country fragility. Indicators used are clustered under six areas; governance, economics, security and crime, human development, demography, and environment. Events monitoring uses a number of international and domestic sources which are then coded using their bespoke database. Scenarios are then generated from the database to produce trend line analysis. Read More...
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