Governance as a Global Development Goal? Setting, Measuring and Monitoring the Post-2015 Development Agenda

ESID Working Paper No.32, University of Manchester

31 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2014 Last revised: 11 Feb 2015

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David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

Antonio Savoia

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute

Kunal Sen

University of Manchester

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Date Written: April 15, 2014

Abstract

The increasing realisation that governance quality is a fundamental element of long-run development has led to its consideration as a desirable development goal in its own right. To contribute to such a process, this paper provides a framework to set, measure and monitor governance goals in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. First, we assess whether existing cross-national measures on governance quality can be exploited to routinely capture aspects of legal, bureaucratic and administrative quality. Such a "quick fix" approach to measuring governance quality is fraught with challenges. The current practice of measurement is still subject to the short country coverage of most available measures, issues of comparability and legitimacy, as well as methodological shortcomings. Then, we argue that, in the long run, measuring and monitoring governance quality may require reconceptualising "good governance" and designing internationally shared measures that are routinely provided by national statistical offices. Finally, we consider the different approaches to setting governance goals, arguing in favour of a combination of national target setting and minimum standard with continuous improvement.

Keywords: Governance, institutions, development goals, measurement, post-2015 development agenda

Suggested Citation

Hulme, David and Savoia, Antonio and Sen, Kunal, Governance as a Global Development Goal? Setting, Measuring and Monitoring the Post-2015 Development Agenda (April 15, 2014). ESID Working Paper No.32, University of Manchester. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2425238 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2425238

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

Antonio Savoia (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute ( email )

Arthur Lewis building
Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Kunal Sen

University of Manchester ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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