Measuring Governance As If Institutions Matter: A Proposal

  • José Antonio Alonso
  • Carlos Garcimartín


Given governance is still a hazy concept, the chapter goes back to the fundamentals that enable collective action trying to understand good governance as the result of quality institutions shaping social interaction in the public realm. Going beyond available indicators, the chapter wants to provide some sound criteria for measuring the quality of institutions and, by doing so, to investigate governance. At this aim, the chapter, first, presents the criteria that should define the quality of institutions; second, provides empirical evidence of the explanatory capacity of the suggested criteria; and, third, provides some practical procedures and examples that can be useful to transform the analytical approach into governance indicators. The chapter concludes with some policy implications drawn from the analysis.


Good governance Institutions Institutional quality State Development Indicators 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Antonio Alonso
    • 1
  • Carlos Garcimartín
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Rey Juan CarlosMadridSpain

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