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Ivanyna, Maksym
Shah, Anwar
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Economics Discussion Papers No. 2009-27
Governance indicators are now widely used as tools for conducting development dialogue, allocating external assistance and influencing foreign direct investment. This paper argues that available governance indicators are not suitable for these purposes as they do not conceptualize governance and fail to capture how citizens perceive the governance environment and outcomes in their countries. This paper attempts to fill this void by conceptualizing governance and implementing a uniform and consistent framework for measuring governance quality across countries and over time based upon citizens' evaluations.
Citizen-centric governance indicators
rule of law
fair governance
service delivery
quality of life
trust in government
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