The Quality of Government Expert Survey 2020 Dataset: Wave III

University of Gothenburg: The Quality of Government Institute. DOI: 10.18157/qoges2020

7 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2021

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Marina Nistotskaya

Independent

Stefan Dahlberg

Independent

Carl Dahlström

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science

Aksel Sundström

University of Gothenburg

Sofia Axelsson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Cem Mert Dalli

University of Gothenburg - The Quality of Government Institute

Natalia Alvarado Pachon

Independent

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

The general purpose of the QoG Expert Survey is to measure the structure and behavior of public administration across countries. The survey covers a variety of topics which are seen as relevant to the structure and functioning of the public administration according to the literature, but on which we lack quantitative indicators for a large number of countries. The QoG Expert Survey 2020 is the third wave of the QoG Expert Survey, following the first wave in 2008-2012 and the second wave in 2014.

The QoG Expert Survey 2020 produced ten country-level indicators, pertaining to bureaucratic structure (meritocratic recruitment, security of tenure, closedness) and bureaucratic behavior (political interference into day-to-day bureaucratic decision-making and impartiality). The data is based on the assessments of more than 550 experts, carefully selected for their contextual subject-matter knowledge. The experts took part in the research pro bono. The main innovation of the third wave is the use of anchoring vignettes and Item-Response Theory (IRT)-based aggregation techniques to produce point estimates that account and adjust for systematic differences in expert subjective assessments and variation in expert reliability. The resulting indicators are internally coherent and also correlate well with other well-established measures for the same concepts. The strength of the association between the data from 2020 and the two previous waves of the survey suggests that the data is likely to measure the same underlying phenomena, while offering enough variability over time to be used in time-series analysis.

Suggested Citation

Nistotskaya, Marina and Dahlberg, Stefan and Dahlström, Carl and Sundström, Aksel and Axelsson, Sofia and Dalli, Cem Mert and Alvarado Pachon, Natalia, The Quality of Government Expert Survey 2020 Dataset: Wave III (2021). University of Gothenburg: The Quality of Government Institute. DOI: 10.18157/qoges2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3810629

Marina Nistotskaya

Independent ( email )

Stefan Dahlberg

Independent

Carl Dahlström

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 711
Göteborg, S-405 30
Sweden

Aksel Sundström

University of Gothenburg ( email )

Viktoriagatan 30
Göteborg, 405 30
Sweden

Sofia Axelsson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Cem Mert Dalli (Contact Author)

University of Gothenburg - The Quality of Government Institute ( email )

Sprängkullsgatan 19
Göteborg, 41123
Sweden

Natalia Alvarado Pachon

Independent ( email )

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