Key Concepts in Governance provides a clear introduction to the technical concepts and policies of contemporary governance through short definitional essays. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a contextualization of the concept, an overview of relevant debates, and a guide to further reading. The book also includes a substantial introductory chapter which gives an overview of governance studies as a whole, orientating and guiding the reader around the issues that the concepts address.
Governance indicators are measurements that describe and evaluate a state's ability to govern. Governance itself is usually understood here as the arrangements and qualities of a set of institutions and rules by which decisions are made and authority exercised. There are indicators of both the processes and outcomes of governance so conceived. Indicators of the outcomes of governance measure the ability of policy-makers to govern society. Examples might include the state's ability to raise revenue, the strength of the legal system, the success rate in implementing policies, the realization of policy goals and so the extent of poverty, the level of freedom, or the rate of participation. Indicators of the processes [Page 97]of governance measure the extent to which clear goals have been ...