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Structuring composite local governance indicators

da Cruz, Nuno F. ORCID: 0000-0003-3381-6359 and Marques, Rui Cunha (2017) Structuring composite local governance indicators. Policy Studies, 38 (2). pp. 109-129. ISSN 0144-2872

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01442872.2016.1210117


The importance of good governance is praised by many academics and practitioners. The prominence of the subject suggests that measurement is important. However, setting out to measure the quality of governance empirically is controversial. Doubts regarding the feasibility and meaningfulness of this undertaking are widespread in the literature. Recognizing the potential caveats, the current article discusses a set of guidelines for structuring a theoretically-sound local governance assessment tool based on the Decision Analysis and Operational Research literatures. The authors argue that using a multi-criteria model which employs several objective (quantitative and qualitative) indicators and relies on a participatory method to aggregate them is a suitable way of developing sensible Local Governance Indicators. The purpose here is to provide a detailed roadmap for any country (or region, or locality) willing to engage in the assessment of the qualityof local governance. The real-world implementation of a model developed according to these guidelines could help raise awareness, promote good practices, and increase the ‘governance literacy’ of citizens. By operationalizing good governance, analysts may also be able to further investigate the relationships between local governance practices and several socio-economic factors.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 13:14
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 21:06

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