Worldwide Governance Indicators

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Governance consists of the traditions and institutions by which authority in a country is exercised. This includes the process by which governments are selected, monitored and replaced; the capacity of the government to effectively formulate and implement sound policies; and the respect of citizens and the state for the institutions that govern economic and social interactions among them. The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) report on six broad dimensions of governance for over 215 countries and territories over the period 1996-2018: (I) Voice and Accountability; (II) Political Stability and Absence of Violence; (III) Government Effectiveness; (IV) Regulatory Quality; (V) Rule of Law; and (VI) Control of Corruption. The WGI are composite governance indicators based on over 30 underlying data sources. These data sources are rescaled and combined to create the six aggregate indicators using a statistical methodology known as an unobserved components model. A key feature of the methodology is that it generates margins of error for each governance estimate. These margins of error need to be taken into account when making comparisons across countries and over time. The WGI aggregate indicators and underlying source data are available at www.govindicators.org.

Type: 
Time Series
Acronym: 
WGI
Languages Supported: 
English
External Contact Email: 
Topics: 
Public Sector Management
Granularity: 
Geographical Coverage: 
World
East Asia & Pacific
American Samoa
Australia
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
China
Fiji
Guam
Hong Kong SAR, China
Indonesia
Japan
Kiribati
Korea, Dem. People's Rep.
Korea, Rep.
Lao PDR
Macao SAR, China
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nauru
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Samoa
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Europe & Central Asia
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Greenland
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
North Macedonia
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
San Marino
Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
Latin America & Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Argentina
Bahamas, The
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
Cayman Islands
Chile
Costa Rica
Colombia
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Puerto Rico
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela, RB
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Middle East & North Africa
Algeria
Bahrain
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Djibouti
Iraq
Iran, Islamic Rep.
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Malta
Morocco
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syrian Arab Republic
United Arab Emirates
Tunisia
Yemen, Rep.
Bermuda
Canada
United States
South Asia
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Pakistan
Nepal
Maldives
Sri Lanka
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Rep.
Côte d'Ivoire
Ethiopia
Eritrea
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
Gambia, The
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
São Tomé and Principe
Seychelles
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Eswatini
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Economy Coverage: 
High Income
IBRD
IDA
Low Income
Number of Economies: 
214
Periodicity: 
Annual
Temporal Coverage: 
1996 - 2019
Release Date: 
July 21, 2010

Last Updated

Last Updated: 
September 28, 2020

Update Frequency

Update Frequency: 
Annually

Harvest System ID

Harvest System ID: 
Indicators API

Harvest Source ID

Harvest Source ID: 
3
Access Options:
API Documentation, Download, Query Tool
Source Type: 
Source: 

Worldwide Governance Indicators (www.govindicators.org)

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Worldwide Governance Indicators (www.govindicators.org), The World Bank

2019

Governance consists of the traditions and institutions by which authority in a country is exercised. This includes the process by which governments are selected, monitored and replaced; the capacity of the government to effectively formulate and implement sound policies; and the respect of citizens and the state for the institutions that govern economic and social interactions among them. The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) report on six broad dimensions of governance for over 215 countries and territories over the period 1996-2018: (I) Voice and Accountability; (II) Political Stability and Absence of Violence; (III) Government Effectiveness; (IV) Regulatory Quality; (V) Rule of Law; and (VI) Control of Corruption. The WGI are composite governance indicators based on over 30 underlying data sources. These data sources are rescaled and combined to create the six aggregate indicators using a statistical methodology known as an unobserved components model. A key feature of the methodology is that it generates margins of error for each governance estimate. These margins of error need to be taken into account when making comparisons across countries and over time. The WGI aggregate indicators and underlying source data are available at www.govindicators.org.

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Modified Date
2020-09-28
Release Date
Periodicity
Annual
Identifier
90a34ea4-8a5c-11e6-ae22-56b6b64027
Temporal Coverage

1996 - 2019

License
License Not Specified
Rating: 
2
Average: 2 (1 vote)
Acronym: 
WGI
Type: 
Languages Supported: 
Economy Coverage: 
Terms of Use: 
Number of Economies: 
214
Update Frequency: 
Is this dataset a subscription: 
No
Geographical Coverage: 
Data Classification of a Dataset: 
Source Type: 
Start Date: 
Monday, January 1, 1996
End Date: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
DEC
Programatic Region: 
Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Last Updated Date: 
Monday, September 28, 2020
citation text: 
When democracies deliver: governance reform in Latin America
External Contact Email: 
Granularity: 
Harvest Source: 
Harvest System ID: 
3
Citation Text: 
Worldwide Governance Indicators (www.govindicators.org), The World Bank
Modified date: 
18532
Primary Dataset: 
Yes
Source: 

Worldwide Governance Indicators (www.govindicators.org)

Source: 

Worldwide Governance Indicators (www.govindicators.org)

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