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March 12, 2013 11:01 AM Fukuyama on Measuring Governance

By Erik Voeten

The journal Governance has posted a new commentary (freely available) by Francis Fukuyama on how to measure governance. His main critique of existing measures is that they focus too much on measuring constraints on the executive (checking institutions) and too little on the ability to execute (“power-employing institutions”). Fukuyama then devises a new conceptual measurement scheme based on autonomy and capacity. Governance has also published a set of mostly critical comments by several noted scholars on its blog by Bo Rothstein, Thomas Risse,  David Levi-Faur Christopher Pollitt John Luiz,  Peter Nardulli Thomas Hale ,  Matthew Flinders, and  Shiv Visvanathan. Two common themes in the critiques are that Fukuyama focuses too much on governments and ignores private actor governance and that he does not start from a normative framework that defines what good governance should look like.

Btw, Governance has a very nice model for how to integrate a blog with journal content. I hope other journals take notice.

[Originally posted at The Monkey Cage]

Erik Voeten is the Peter F. Krogh associate professor of geopolitics and global justice at Georgetown University.