Government Effectiveness in Comparative Perspective
Posted: 14 Jan 2008 Last revised: 20 Jan 2015
Date Written: 2009
Our study focuses on two research questions. The first is what is government effectiveness? This relates to how we measure government effectiveness or performance in terms of the whole government, not just in terms of an agency or several networked agencies. The second research question is how countries compare in terms of perceived government effectiveness. We use the World Bank dataset Governance Matters VI, which covers 212 countries and measures six dimensions of governance (voice and accountability, political stability and absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, and control of corruption) from 1996 until 2006. We focus on government effectiveness to investigate the variation in government effectiveness across both countries and time, and show that much of the variation in effectiveness is explained by national income. After we account for this, we identify those countries that are relatively high and low performing. Finally, we draw conclusions about the focus of the next generation of research on government effectiveness in public administration.
Keywords: government effectiveness, comparative bureaucracy
JEL Classification: D73
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