Governance in nations

Government effectivenessAggregation of subjective assesments.
Combines perceptions of the quality of public service provision, the quality of the bureaucracy, the competence of civil servants, the independence of civil service from political pressure, and the credibility of the government’s commitment to policies into a single grouping. The main focus of this index is on inputs required for the government to be able to produce and implement good policies and deliver public goods.
1997/98GovEffectiveness_199891Kaufmann c.s. 1999a, World Bank
2000/01GovEffectiveness_200191Kaufmann c.s. 2002 table C3
2002GovEffectiveness_2002175Kaufmann 2003, table C3
2006GovEffectiveness_2006175Kaufmann 2007 table C3
Regulatory qualityAggregated indicator, subjective assesments.
Includes measures of the incidence of market-unfriendly policies such as price controls or inadequate bank supervision, as well as perceptions of the burdens imposed by excessive regulation in areas such as foreign trade and business development.
1998RegulatoryQuality_199891Kaufmann. 1999a table C4
2001RegulatoryQuality_200191Kaufmann 2002, table C4
2002RegulatoryQuality_2002175Kaufmann 2003, table C4
2006RegulatoryQuality_2006175Kaufmann 2007 table C4
Democratic quality of governance Index of 1) voice and accountability, 2) political instability and violence (identical to variable Democracy1).
Estimates based on various sources, among which surveys among businessmen
Technical quality of governance Index of 1) government effectiveness, 2) regulatory quality, 3) rule of law and 4) control of corruption (= variable Corruption3).
Estimates based on various sources, among which surveys among businessmen
CorporatismSiaroff indexlate 1960sCorporatism_1960s21 Siaroff 1999 table 5
late 1970sCorporatism_1970s21
late 1980sCorporatism_1980s24
mid 1990sCorporatism_1990s24

Related topics: Corruption, Government expenditures, Failed state, Legal system, Political stability
Related themes: Government, Institutional quality, Politics

The dataset States of Nations is about characteristics of countries in periods (macro variables). It is part of the World Database of Happiness. Though developed for the identification of societal conditions for happiness, this source can also be used for other purposes.