The 2019 Berggruen Governance Index

The 2019 Berggruen Governance Index evaluates countries on the basis of their quality of political governance. To do this, the Index disaggregates governance into three key components: Quality of Democracy (Inputs), Quality of Government (Throughputs) and Quality of Life (Outputs). By disaggregating the capacities of governance, the Index attempts to deepen understanding of the relationship between the democratic feedback, government competence and the provision of public goods.

The Index evaluates 38 countries using the three indices composed of 27 sub-indices measured across a 14-year time span between 2004 and 2018. The 38 countries selected represent about 2/3 of global population and ¾ of global GDP.

Supplemental Country Case Studies 2019

As supplements to the 2019 Berggruen Governance Index, five profiles on specific countries were created including the United States, China, Italy, South Africa, and Brazil. These countries were selected because they performed better (overachiever) or worse (underachiever) than expected on the Quality of Life given their scores on one of the other indices (Quality of Democracy or Quality of Government). These profiles are not intended as stand-alone documents and are best understood after reviewing the full Index report. They provide interesting examples of the kinds of insights the Index contains and they draw on new data sourced from outside the Governance Index to further explain the results and implications of its findings.

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When using the Berggruen Governance Index data, please make sure to include a proper citation or reference to this database:
“Anheier, Helmut K. 2019. The 2019 Berggruen Governance Index Data. Berlin and Los Angeles: Hertie School and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.”

The data used to calculate the Index is available by clicking here to contact Helmut K Anheier.