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Regional Governance Matters: Quality of Government within European Union Member States

Journal article
Authors Nicholas Charron
Lewis Dijkstra
Victor Lapuente
Published in Regional studies
Volume 48
Issue 1
Pages 68-90
ISSN 0034-3404
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 68-90
Language en
Keywords Composite index, Corruption, Europe, Governance, Institutions, Regions
Subject categories Political Science


Charron N., Dijkstra L. and Lapuente V. Regional governance matters: quality of government within European Union member states, Regional Studies. This study presents novel data (European QoG Index - EQI) on the 'quality of government' (QoG) - understood as low corruption, impartial public services and rule of law - for national and sub-national levels in twenty-seven European Union countries. The EQI shows notable within-country variations: while high-performing regions in Italy and Spain (for example, Bolzano, País Vasco) rank amongst the best European Union regions, others perform well below the European Union average. The index is highly correlated with sub-national levels of socio-economic development and levels of social trust, yet political decentralization is uncorrelated with greater within-country, or higher levels of overall, QoG. © 2013 © 2013 Regional Studies Association.

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