Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Best governed countries

Well, isn't this interesting?

I'd like to see the evaluators figure a way to include size of country (population and geography) and ethnic diversity into their rankings. How would your students evaluate these rankings?

Why 17 "best governed?" The USA was ranked #17 last year. Mexico was #65 (out of 149); China was #90; Russia was #95; Iran was #118; Nigeria was #135.

What did the other AP6 countries lack that had them ranked so low?

The 17 best-governed countries in the world
The Legatum Institute, a policy research group, has released its annual "Global Prosperity Index," a major survey that ranks countries based on factors including national wealth, education levels, and safety.

One key factor the survey considers is governance, which is broken down into three categories: effective governance, democracy and political participation, and the rule of law. Legatum measured these variables by considering things like voter turnout, legislative independence, and the number of women in parliament.

While European countries dominate the list, there is also room for a handful of countries on the other side of the Atlantic… [As I look at this list, Japan [#17] is the only really non-European country.]

  • Japan, number 17 this year
  • Belgium
  • Austria
  • Ireland
  • Australia
  • Iceland
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • Luxembourg
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • New Zealand

and the top ranked country:

  • Finland

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