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Published: 2007

Public governance indicators: a literature review

What are the key transforming factors in public governance?
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This paper provides an overview of public governance indicators, briefly discussing their pros and cons. It also evaluates existing methodologies such as data collection, sampling, aggregation methods, and applicability of results.

The author argues that any discussion of governance should integrate the private sector more closely as a partner. Transforming new factors such as the information age, globalisation and decentralisation should be better taken into account in the assessment process of governance.

Concluding remarks include: 

  •  the governance discussion presents a paradox: despite large volumes of data, the quality inference is very limited due to quality and incompatibility issues 
  •  there is no definitive authority in public governance evaluation, with, instead, considerable contributions from very diverse sources, institutional or private 
  •  efforts to measure governance have run into various kinds of problems related to specific interests of the constituents of the specific organisations, which attempt to measure governance 
  •  the measurement of governance also suffers from the lack of relevant objective data which has forced many organisations attempting to measure governance to rely on subjective data.
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