ISBN : 9780198817062
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 field of governance indicator research has achieved, the time is ripe to take stock and ask what has been accomplished, what the shortcomings and potentials might be, and what steps present themselves as a way forward.
This volume— the fifth edition in an annual series tackling different aspects of governance around the world— assesses what has been achieved, identifies strengths and weaknesses of current work, and points to issues that need to be tackled in order to advance the field, both in its academic importance as well as in its policy relevance. In short, the contributions to this volume explore the scope of existing governance indices and indicator frameworks, elaborate on current challenges in measuring and analysing governance, and consider how to overcome them.
1 25 Years of Governance Indicators: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?
Part I: What Are Indicators For and What Difference Do They Make?
2 Matthias Haber and Olga Kononykhina: A Comparative Classification and Assessment of Governance Indices
3 Frances Fukuyama and Francesca Recanatini: Beyond Measurement: What is Needed For Effective Governance and Anti-Corruption Reform
4 Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Roberto Martinez Barranco Kukutschka: Can a Civilization Know Its Own Institutional Decline? A Tale of Indicators
Part II: Measuring and Communicating Governance Solutions
5 James Hollyer: Measuring Governance: Objective and Perceptions-Based Governance Indicators
6 Piero Stanig: Considerations on the Method of Constructing Governance Indices
7 Mihaly Fazekas, Luciana Cingolani, and Bence Toth: Innovations in Objectively Measuring Corruption in Public Procurement
8 David Osimo: The Opportunities and Limitations of Crowdsourcing Policy Indicators
9 Christopher Gandrud: The Reproducibility of Governance Indicators: Assessing Current Practices and Looking Forward
10 Hazel Feigenblatt: Governance Indicators and the Broken Feedback Loop: Leveraging Communications For Impact
Part III: The Way Forward
11 Mark Kayser: Measuring Governance: An Assessment of the Research Challenges
12 Rolf Alter: Addressing the Policy Challenge: Improving Supply Of and Meeting Demands for Sound Evidence