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

Global Policy (2014) doi: 10.1111/1758-5899.12181

17 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2015 Last revised: 2 Nov 2015

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Antonio Savoia

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute

David Hulme

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

Kunal Sen

University of Manchester

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Date Written: February 2, 2015

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 article 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 measure and monitor 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. Second, 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 (but, international groups should also continue to make their independent measures). 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

JEL Classification: O1, P1, P5

Suggested Citation

Savoia, Antonio and Hulme, David and Sen, Kunal, Governance as a Global Development Goal? Setting, Measuring and Monitoring the Post-2015 Development Agenda (February 2, 2015). Global Policy (2014) doi: 10.1111/1758-5899.12181, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2559096

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David Hulme

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

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Kunal Sen

University of Manchester ( email )

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United Kingdom

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