Accountability, Corruption and Government Effectiveness in Asia: An Exploration of World Bank Governance Indicators

Gene A. Brewer, Yujin Choi, Richard M. Walker


This study utilizes World Bank Governance indicators to investigate government effectiveness in Asia, both regionally and across sub-regions. Several factors seem to influence the level of government effectiveness: accountability and voice, control of corruption, and wealth and income. The presence of a democratic form of government does not seem to be an important factor, but we note that more sensitive measures of democracy might produce more positive results. We then comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the dataset and offer some suggestions for future research.

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