State political and economic capacities and the quality of government in Asia

Park, SH and Wilding, MA ORCID: 2014, 'State political and economic capacities and the quality of government in Asia' , Asian Journal of Political Science, 22 (3) , pp. 227-251.

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This study analyzes the impacts of state political and economic capacities on the quality of government in 40 Asian countries. Quality of government data for 2002 and 2010 were obtained from four elements of the World Bank Governance Index, and the same or closest year's data for political and economic capacity were collected from other well-known indices. The analysis reveals that economic growth influences four elements in both developed and developing countries, although the effects of economic freedom differ between these two groups of states. While political capacity (i.e. civil empowerment, democracy, and press freedom) is found to have an effect on all four of the governance elements in developed countries, it influences just two elements in developing economies. Thus, the results suggest that the quality of government in Asia is not only improved by economic capacity but might also be enhanced by consolidation of democracy, particularly once a certain degree of economic development is achieved.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of Political Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0218-5377
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Funders: Research Fund of the Catholic University of Korea
Depositing User: Dr Mark Wilding
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2015 12:43
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 19:04

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