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Publication: Measuring Quality of Government and Sub-National Variation (ACRN, 13 April 2011)
In January, 2011, a report, funded by the EU Commission for Regional Development was published by several scholars at the Quality of Government Institute. In this study, new data was produced at the regional level for 172 NUTS ( Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) regions in the EU for 18 countries from a survey of 34,000 EU in which respondents were asked questions on the quality, impartiality and level of corruption in three key public sector services: education, health care and law enforcement in their region. An index was generated from the survey data, and combined with several national level indicators from the World Bank Governance Indicators, the 'EU QoG Index' (EQI) is now freely available for researchers interest in investigating aspects of governance and corruption at the sub-national level within the EU. On top of the quantitative data provided in the report, 10 qualitative cases studies were also done in several countries/regions with wide within-country variation, such as Italy, Spain and Belgium, where the authors detail several key common institutional charactoristics found in high/low performing regions.