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Evaluating governance indexes: Critical and less critical questions

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  • Gisselquist, Rachel M.

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Recent years have seen a proliferation of .composite indicators. or .indexes. of governance. Such measures can be useful tools for analysing governance, making public policy, building scientific knowledge, and even influencing ruling elites, but some are

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper WP2013/068.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2013-068

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Keywords: governance; indexes; composite indicators; research methods; development;

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