A New Tool to Measure Governance
The Berggruen Governance Index Project is a collaborative project between the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Berggruen Institute. The current iteration of the Index examines the performance of 135 countries in key areas over a 20-year period to advance our understanding of why some countries are better managed and enjoy a higher quality of life than others. To this end, the Index analyzes the relationship between democratic accountability, state capacity, and the provision of goods to serve public needs.
The project emerged from a series of conversations between Nicolas Berggruen, Nathan Gardels, and Dawn Nakagawa at the Berggruen Institute, and Helmut K. Anheier, then president of the Hertie School in Berlin. The Berggruen Institute supported a preliminary phase to explore the feasibility of such a governance index. Based on this initial work, and the publication of the 2019 Index, the project expanded and moved to the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA.
Helmut K. Anheier serves as Principal Investigator of the project at UCLA, with Markus Lang as lead analyst, and Dawn Nakagawa as project director at the Berggruen Institute.
The project is guided by a board that includes Nabil Fahmy (American University, Cairo), Mohammed Ibrahim (Mo Ibrahim Foundation), Francis Fukuyama (Stanford), Margaret Levi (Stanford), John Micklethwait (Bloomberg), Gary Segura (UCLA Luskin), Anne-Marie Slaughter (New America), Michael Woolcock (World Bank), and Xue Lan (Tsinghua University).