Discussion Paper

No. 2009-27 | June 02, 2009
Citizen-Centric Governance Indicators: Measuring and Monitoring Governance by Listening to the People and Not the Interest Groups

Abstract

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.

JEL Classification

H10 H11 H83 I31 O10

Cite As

Maksym Ivanyna and Anwar Shah (2009). Citizen-Centric Governance Indicators: Measuring and Monitoring Governance by Listening to the People and Not the Interest Groups. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2009-27, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2009-27

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Comments and Questions


Anonymous - Referee Report
July 20, 2009 - 16:10

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Anonymous - Comments on Citizen-centric governance indicators
August 18, 2009 - 12:57

The paper provides an encouraging alternative to overcome the weakness of current indicators.