The European Quality of Government Index (EQI) is the result of novel survey data on corruption and governance at the regional level within the EU, conducted in first in 2010 and then again in 2013. The data focusses on both perceptions and experiences with public sector corruption, along with the extent to which citizens believe various public sector services are impartially allocated and of good quality. The 2010 round of the projet was first funded by the EU Commission for Regional Development (REGIO). The 2013 round, funded by the EU Commission’s 7th Annual Framework Project and is included in ANTICORRP, a large research consortium on anti-corruption. It is the first source of data to date that allows researchers to compare QoG within and across countries in such a multi-country context.
It covers all 28 member states and two accession countries (Serbia and Turkey). The sub-national regions are at the NUTS 1 or NUTS 2 level, depending on the country.
For 2010, the EQI contains 172 regions based on a survey that was answered by 34 000 citizen respondents. For 2013, the EQI has been expanded to 206 regions based on a survey that was answered by 85 000 citizen respondents, which is the largest sub-nationally-focused survey on QoG to date. The data is standardized with a mean of zero, and higher scores implying higher QoG.
This report was part of the EU Commission’s tri-annual “Cohesion Report”. This report, along with the other reports that went into the EU Cohesion report 2010 are available here.
When using the 2010 EQI data please cite as follows:
Charron, Nicholas, Lewis Dijkstra & Victor Lapuente. 2014. Regional Governance Matters: Quality of Government within European Union Member States, Regional Studies, 48 (1): 68-90. DOI:10.1080/00343404.2013.770141
Charron, Nicholas, Victor Lapuente and Bo Rothstein. 2013. ’Quality of Government and Corruption from a European Perspective: A Comparative Study of Good Governance in EU Regions’’. Edward Elgar Publishing.
When using the 2013 EQI data please cite as follows:
Charron, Nicholas, Lewis Dijkstra and Victor Lapuente. 2014. ‘Mapping the Regional Divide in Europe: A Measure for Assessing Quality of Government in 206 European Regions’. Social Indicators Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-014-0702-y.
The QoG EU Regional Data (2010 & 2013)
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For a more in depth description of the EQI 2010 data see: Codebook EQI 2010
For a more in depth description of the EQI 2013 data see:
QoG Working Paper: From Åland to Ankara: European
Quality of Government Index
(regional level analysis)
Book chapter: Controlling Corruption in Europe. The Anticorruption Report. Vol. 1 (national level summary)