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Today, more countries than ever boast democratic constitutions, functioning bureaucracies and professional judiciaries. However, operation is patchy. Some institutions in some countries are at least as good as those in wealthier states; others are plagued by corruption and waste. 

Summaries and download links to all our research papers on Governance below.

Publications

Bangladesh Priorities: Union Digital Services, Bakshi and Rahman

The research paper by Rejaul Karim Bakshi, associate economics professor at Rajshahi University, and Tariqur Rahman, a research consultant, examines offering more services at Union Digital Centers. ...

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Bangladesh Priorities: Village Courts, Hossain and Zaman

Another way to bring benefits to the rural poor is examined in the analysis of spreading village courts across rural areas. Research by Md. Shanawez Hossain and Nabila Zaman, of the BRAC Institute of...

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Assessment Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: Governance and Institutions Assessment, Hilderbrand

Governance and institutions have been among the focal themes of planning for the post-2015 global agenda, to follow the soon-to-expire Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is also important to people more generally: in a global survey conducted by the UN (“The World We Want”) respondents named “an honest and responsive government” as third priority, just after a good education and better health care, and rated it as a higher priority than 13 others.

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Perspective Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: Governance and Institutions Perspective, Andrews

I start from a position of skepticism of the value of having post-2015 goals at all and even more of including governance in such a set. Global level statistics on the MDGs appear quite accurate and progress in some areas is used to support the argument for such global goals. However, there is great variation at the national level, with one study, for example, showing that about 50% of countries are on track to meet extreme poverty, gender, child mortality and water goals, but less than 30% are on track to meet hunger, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS goals.

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Perspective Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: Governance and Institutions Perspective, Kraay

Hildebrand raises a number of concerns about possible SDGs in the area of governance, which can be summarised as: Governance is difficult to define, governance is difficult to measure, the effect of good governance on development outcomes is not well-documented and the effectiveness of aid-financed interventions to promote good governance are not clear.

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Assessment Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: IFF Assessment, Cobham

The initial formulation of a target to address illicit financial flows as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda was by means of a monetary sum, but the Open Working Group’s current proposals now...

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Perspective Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: IFF Perspective, Cardamone Kar

GFI agrees with Cobham that the original targets proposed by the High Level Panel were undermined by framing them in dollars rather than percentage terms, that illicit flows are substantially larger than Overseas Development Aid and that they adversely affect economic growth, development outcomes, inequality and governance.

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Perspective Paper

Post-2015 Consensus: IFF Perspective, Reuter

The issue of illicit financial flows came to prominence as a public policy issue with the publication of Raymond Baker’s Capitalism’s Achilles Heel in 2005, but it is striking that today we know little more about the issue. Moreover, all the current estimates of such flows are based on those of Global Financial Integrity, set up by Baker after his book was published, and use a single methodology.

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Policy Advice

Preliminary Benefit-Cost Assessment of Final OWG Targets

This report assesses the targets in the OWG’s Final Outcome Document from 19 July 2014. This builds upon the information presented in similar documents which the Copenhagen Consensus Center released...

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Policy Advice

Preliminary Benefit-Cost Assessment for 12th Session OWG Goals

The Copenhagen Consensus has updated our benefit-cost assessment of UN Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals for the 12th session of the Open Working Group. The Copenhagen Consensus will present...

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Policy Advice

Preliminary Benefit-Cost Assessment for 11th Session OWG Goals

Some of the world’s top economists have assessed the targets from the 11th session Open Working Group document into one of five categories, based on economic evidence: Phenomenal, Good, Fair, Poor and Uncertain.

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Working Paper

Third Copenhagen Consensus: Corruption, Ackerman Truex

A Working Paper on Corruption has been written by Susan Rose-Ackerman and Rory Truex and released by the Copenhagen Consensus Center. The working paper used by the Expert Panel is available for...

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Assessment Paper

Copenhagen Consensus Latin America: Public Administration and Institutions

By Susan Rose-Ackerman. Most Latin American countries have democratic constitutions, functioning bureaucracies, and professional judiciaries. The institutions are in place, but their operation varies widely across the region.

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Assessment Paper

Copenhagen Consensus Latin America: Democracy

By Mark P. Jones. Among the sixteen challenge areas, Democracy was considered by the respondents to represent one of the top ten challenges faced by the region. The challenges that democracies of Latin America face today are very real, and quite daunting. However, when discussing these challenges, and any solutions to these challenges, we must be cognizant of the considerable diversity in the objective conditions of the democracies of the region.

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Perspective Paper

Copenhagen Consensus: Governance and Corruption Assessment, Ackerman

An Assessment Paper on Governance and Corruption was prepared for the 2004 Copenhagen Consensus by Susan Rose-Ackerman. The working paper used by the Expert Panel is available for download here, the...

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Perspective Paper

Copenhagen Consensus: Governance and Corruption Perspective, Andig

An Assessment Paper on Governance and Corruption was prepared for the Copenhagen Consensus by Susan Rose-Ackerman. Jens Andig and Jean Cartier-Bresson wrote Perspective Papers in response.

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Perspective Paper

Copenhagen Consensus: Governance and Corruption Perspective, Bresson

An Assessment Paper on Governance and Corruption was prepared for the Copenhagen Consensus by Susan Rose-Ackerman. Jens Andig and Jean Cartier-Bresson wrote Perspective Papers in response.

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