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Public Information and Performance: The Role of Spatial Dependence in the Worldwide Governance Indicators among African Countries

Ward, H and Dorussen, H (2015) 'Public Information and Performance: The Role of Spatial Dependence in the Worldwide Governance Indicators among African Countries.' World Development, 74. 253 - 263. ISSN 0305-750X

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Abstract

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) provide transparent and comparable country statistics for different dimensions of governance linked to (under)development. Yet, does the public availability of governance data actually enhance performance? If investors, donor agencies, and citizens are made aware of relative governance performance, competition for inward investment, such as FDI and ODA, and domestic legitimacy become plausible mechanisms for diffusion of good governance. We test whether such mechanisms operate using the WGI for Africa, and find evidence for spatial diffusion of democracy, rule of law, and corruption control. There is no evidence for diffusion of regulatory quality and government effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Han Dorussen
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 15:05
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13957

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