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The QoG course


SK2212 The Quality of Government in a Comparative Perspective, 15 credits


Corruption and its related problems are now seen as having devastating effects not only on economic growth, but also on the viability of democratic processes, the legitimacy of public policies in areas such as social insurance, employment and education and, not least, the overall social fabric of society. In this course, you will study the importance of the quality of government (QoG) institutions for economic and democratic development as well as social and environmental sustainability. We will critically evaluate questions such as how QoG might be defined; the importance of QoG for democracy, economic growth, the rule of law, social capital, inequality, social policies and citizens individual well-being; and, whether the concept of QoG is universally applicable or limited to the Western liberal democracies. For those who aspire to win the Nobel Prize, answer this: what does it take for countries to change from low to high quality political institutions?

This course is a semi-elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SK2212 The Quality of Government in a Comparative Perspective


Contact Information

Dr. Marina Nistotskaya

Course coordinator,

+46 (0) 31 786 66 91

For registered students

Students who are registered on the course can find detailed information including a schedule and a complete reading list by logging on to the University of Gothenburg's LMS (Learning Management System) - GUL.

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