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An application of a multicriteria model to assess the quality of local governance

da Cruz, Nuno F. ORCID: 0000-0003-3381-6359 and Marques, R. C. (2019) An application of a multicriteria model to assess the quality of local governance. Urban Affairs Review, 55 (4). 1218–1239. ISSN 1078-0874

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1078087417733049


This article presents a method to assess the quality of local governance practices. The multicriteria decision analysis modeling approach is illustrated through a real application (Portuguese municipalities). To define the criteria, performance descriptors, and reference levels in each dimension of local governance, and to account for the differences in preference of scoring in each criterion, the judgments of legitimate stakeholders were considered through decision conferencing. The constructed “Municipal Governance Indicator” is calculated for the case of Lisbon to show the outputs of the model and its potential usefulness.

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Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Cities (Cities Programme)
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2017 13:33
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:06

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