Handbook on Governance Statistics

Suggested Eight Dimensions of Governance

Responsiveness

Focuses on whether people have a say in what government does and whether they are satisfied with the government’s performance.

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Absence of corruption

Refers to intolerance to corruption; the levels and patterns of observable corrupt practices; and the State response to corruption.

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Trust

Addresses people’s trust in institutions as well as in other people, with a primary focus on the former, e.g. the parliament, the national government and the justice

system.

More specifically, the dimension covers access to information, open government provisions, freedom of expression and media pluralism.

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Safety and security

Focuses on levels and patterns of crime, perceptions of safety, measurement of casualties directly provoked by armed operations, and the quality of law

enforcement and criminal justice institutions.

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Non-discrimination and equality

Addresses any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference or other differential treatment based on grounds such as color,sex, language, religion,

national or social origin, disability or other status that has the intention or effect of nullifying or impairing human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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Participation

Focuses on the ways in which individuals take part in the con- duct of political and public affairs, including by registering to vote, voting or standing as a candidate in

elections; being members of legislative, executive and judicial bodies at all levels of government; accessing positions in the public service; and engaging, individually or as members of political parties and other non-governmental organizations, in political activities.

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Openness

Refers to the extent to which public institutions provide access to information and are transparent in their decision- and policy-making processes.

More specifically, the dimension covers access to information, open government provisions, freedom of expression and media pluralism.

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Access to and quality of justice

Is about the ability of people to defend and enforce their rights and obtain just resolution of justiciable problems – if necessary, through impartial formal or

informal institutions of justice and with appropriate legal support.

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