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Both research and operational writings from the various governance projects at the World Bank Institute can be found organized by category under  Working Papers & Articles. If you would like to know more about a paper, see what others think, or make a comment, click on "Abstract". To download a paper directly, click on "Full Text." For additional resources such as articles in Other Languages click here; for selected media articles referring to the World Bank Institute's Governance Work  click here.

Governance Matters VII: Governance Indicators for 1996-2007
June 2008 •. Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay and Massimo Mastruzzi
Abstract + Full Text (724 kb pdf)

Governance Indicators: Where Are We, Where Should We Be Going?
January 2008 • Daniel Kaufmann and Aart Kraay
Abstract • Full Text (256 kb pdf)

Governance Matters VI: Governance Indicators for 1996-2006 
July 2007 • Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay, and Massimo Mastruzzi
Abstract + Full Text (778 kb pdf)

The New Vision of Local Governance and the Evolving Roles of Local Governments
2006 • Anwar Shah and Sana Shah
Abstract • Full Text (307 kb pdf)

A Comparative Institution Framework for Responsive, Responsible, and Accountable Local Governance
2006 • Anwar Shah
Abstract • Full Text (215 kb pdf)

Governance Matters V: Governance Indicators for 1996-2005 
September 2006 • Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay, and Massimo Mastruzzi
Abstract • Full Text (184 kb pdf)

Legal Corruption
October, 2005 • Daniel Kaufmann and Pedro C. Vicente, Second Draft
Abstract  Full Text (765 kb pdf)

Myths and Realities of Governance and Corruption
September 2005 •
Daniel Kaufmann
Abstract  Full Text (129 kb pdf)

Measuring Governance Using Cross-Country Perceptions Data
August 2005 • Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay, and Massimo Mastruzzi
Abstract • Full Text (236 kb pdf)

Governance Matters IV: Governance Indicators for 1996-2004 
May 2005 •
Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay, and Massimo Mastruzzi
Abstract Full Text (232 kb pdf)

A Simple Measure of Good Governance
2005 • Jeff Huther and Anwar Shah • Chapter 2 in Public Service Delivery edited by Anwar Shah
Abstract  Full Text (139 kb pdf)

Citizen-Centered Governance: A New Approach to Public Sector Reform
September 2004 • Daniel Kaufmann
Abstract • Full text (1.35 mb pdf)

Corruption, Governance and Security: Challenges for the Rich Countries and the World
September 2004 • Daniel Kaufmann
Abstract • Full Text (1.35 mb pdf)

Implementing Decentralized Local Governance: A Treacherous Road with Potholes, Detours, and Road Closures
June 2004  Anwar Shah, Theresa Thompson
Abstract  Full Text (268 kb pdf)

Human Rights and Governance: The Empirical Challenge  
2004 • Daniel Kaufmann
Abstract • Full text (331 kb pdf)

Governance and the City: An Empirical Exploration into Global Determinants of Urban Performance Discussion Paper  
2004 • Daniel Kaufmann, Frannie Léautier and Massimo Mastruzzi
Abstract • Full text (179 kb pdf)

Governance Redux: The Empirical Challenge
2004 • Daniel Kaufmann Chapter in Global Competitiveness Report 2003-2004, World Economic Forum
Abstract • Full text (177 kb pdf)

Governance Matters III: Governance Indicators for 1996-2002
May 2003 • Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kraay and Massimo Mastruzzi
Abstract • Full text (604 kb pdf)

Rethinking Governance: Empirical Lessons Challenge Orthodoxy
March 2003 • Daniel Kaufmann
Abstract • Full text (232 kb pdf) • Executive Summary (20 kb pdf) • Abstracto en español • Texto completo en español (117 kb pdf)

Governance Indicators, Aid Allocation and the Millennium Challenge Account Draft for comments
December 2002 • Daniel Kaufmann and Aart Kraay
Abstract • Full text (71 kb pdf) • Executive Summary (11 kb pdf)

The Inequality of Influence
December 2002 • Joel Hellman and Daniel Kaufmann
Abstract • Full text (98 kb pdf)

Growth Without Governance   (Economía, Volume 3, Number 1)
Fall 2002 • Daniel Kaufmann and Aart Kraay
Abstract • Full text (234 kb pdf)

Far From Home: Do Foreign Investors Import Higher Standards of Governance in Transition Economies?
August 2002 • Joel Hellman, Geraint Jones, and Daniel Kaufmann
Abstract • Full text (120 kb pdf)

Assessing Governance: Diagnostic Tools and Applied Methods for Capacity Building and Action Learning
June 2002 - D. Kaufmann, F. Recanatini and S. Biletsky
Full Text (736 kb pdf)

Voice or Public Sector Management? An Empirical Investigation of Determinants of Public Sector Performance based on a Survey of Public Officials
June 2002 • D. Kaufmann, G. Mehrez and T. Gurgur
Abstract • Full text (897 kb pdf)

Sustained Macroeconomic Reforms, Tepid Growth: A Governance Puzzle in Bolivia?
February 2002 • D. Kaufmann, M. Mastruzzi and D. Zavaleta
Abstract • Full text (1.17 Mb pdf)

Confronting the Challenge of State Capture in Transition Economies 
(from the IMF's Finance and Development)
September 2001 • J. Hellman and D. Kaufmann
View article • Texto completo en español (306 kb pdf) • Texte complete en français (306 kb pdf) • Full text in Russian (1.16 Mb pdf) • Full text in Chinese (1.19 Mb pdf) • Full text in Arabic (950 kb pdf)

Surveying surveys and questioning questions - Learning from World Bank experience, Vol 1
March 2001 • X. Lixin Colin, F. Recanatini, and S. Scott
View Article

Seize the State, Seize the Day: State Capture, Corruption, and Influence in Transition Economies (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2444)
September 2000 • J. Hellman, G. Jones, and D. Kaufmann
Abstract • Synthesis (168 kb pdf) •Full text (SSRN, 464 kb pdf) • Synthesis in Russian (1.2 Mb pdf)

On "Good" Politicians and "Bad" Policies: Social Cohesion, Institutions, and Growth (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2448)
September 2000 • J. Ritzen, W. Easterly, and M. Woolcock
Abstract • Full text (160 kb pdf)

Slide presentation on"Unbundling" Governance and Corruption: Some New Empirical Findings and Collective Action Approaches (from presentation at Anti-Corruption Summit 2000)
September 2000 • D. Kaufmann and colleagues

Complete slide set (195 kb PowerPoint presentation)

Aid Dependence and the Quality of Governance: A Cross-Country Empirical Analysis (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2396)
July 2000 • S. Knack
Abstract • Full text (100 kb pdf)

Governance Matters: From Measurement to Action (from the IMF's Finance and Development)
June 2000 • D. Kaufmann, A. Kraay, and P. Zoido-Lobatón
Full text • View datasets • Full text in Arabic (426 kb pdf) • Full text in Russian (192 kb pdf) • Versión en español (122 kb pdf) • Version française (122 kb pdf)

Bureaucratic Delegation and Political Institutions: When Are Independent Central Banks Irrelevant? (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2356)
June 2000 • P. Keefer and D. Stasavage
Abstract • Full text (134 kb pdf)

Measuring Governance, Corruption, and State Capture: How Firms and Bureaucrats Shape the Business Environment in Transition Economies (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2312)
April 2000 • J. Hellman, G. Jones, D. Kaufmann, and M. Schankerman
Abstract • Full text (600 kb pdf)

The Vicious Circles of Control: Regional Governments and Insiders in Privatized Russian Enterprises (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2287)
February 2000 • R. M. Desai and I. Goldberg
Abstract
 • Full text (80 kb pdf)

New Tools and New Tests in Comparative Political Economy: The Database of Political Institutions (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2283)
February 2000 • T. Beck, G. Clarke, A. Groff, P. Keefer, and P. Walsh
Abstract
 • Full text (91 kb pdf)

Predicting Currency Fluctuations and Crises: Do Resident Firms Have an Informational Advantage? (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2259)
December 1999 • D. Kaufmann, G. Mehrez, and S. Schmukler
Abstract • Full text (202 kb pdf) •  Síntesis en español (33 kb pdf)

Reforming Tax Systems: The World Bank Record in the 1990s (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2237)
November 1999 • L. Barbone, A. Das-Gupta, L. De Wulf, and A. Hansson
Abstract • Full text (144 kb pdf)

Aggregating Governance Indicators (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2195)
October 1999 • D. Kaufmann, A. Kraay, and P. Zoido-Lobatón
Abstract • Full text (324 kb pdf) •  Abstract and full text from SSRN • Síntesis en español (33 kb pdf) • Full text in Russian (832 kb pdf) •  View datasets

Can Corruption Be Measured? Bank Offers Diagnostic Tools to Measure and Combat Corruption in Member Countries (from World Bank newsletter Bank's World)
June 1999 • Bank’s World publication staff
Article summary • Full text (118 kb pdf)

Does ‘Grease Money’ Speed Up the Wheels of Commerce? (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 7093)
April 1999 • D. Kaufmann and S. J. Wei
Abstract • Full text (1,084 kb pdf)

Politics, Transaction Costs, and the Design of Regulatory Institutions (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2073)
March 1999 • A. Estache and D. Martimort
Abstract • Full text (113 kb pdf)

Transparency, Liberalization, and Financial Crises (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2286)
February 1999 • G. Mehrez and D. Kaufmann

Abstract • Full text (74 kb pdf) • Síntesis en español (33 kb pdf)

Good Governance and Trade Policy: Are They the Keys to Africa's Global Integration and Growth? (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2038)
January 1999 • F. Ng and A. Yeats
Abstract • Full text (341 kb pdf)

Balance, Accountability, and Responsiveness: Lessons about Decentralization
December 1998 • Anwar Shah
Abstract  • Full Text (2.41 mb pdf)

Civil Liberties, Democracy, and the Performance of Government Projects (from the IMF's Finance and Development)
March 1998 • D. Kaufmann and L. Pritchett
Full text (192 kb pdf) • Texte complete en français (193 kb pdf) • Auf Deutsch (278 kb pdf) • Full text in Chinese (742 kb pdf)

Applying a Simple Measure of Good Governance to the Debate of Fiscal Decentralization (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 1894)
March 1998 • J. Huther and A. Shah
Abstract • Full text (64 kb pdf)

Civil Liberties, Democracy, and the Performance of Government Projects (from World Bank Economic Review)
May 1997 • J. Isham, D. Kaufmann, and L. Pritchett
Abstract • Full text (210 kb pdf)

Institutional Obstacles to Doing Business: Region-by-Region Results from a Worldwide Survey of the Private Sector (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 1759)
April 1997• A. Brunetti, G. Kisunko, and B. Weder
Abstract • Full text (339 kb pdf)

Governance and Returns on Investment: An Empirical Investigation
1995 • J. Isham, D. Kaufmann, and L. Pritchett
Abstract  Full text

Diminishing returns to administrative controls and the emergence of the unofficial economy (in Economic Policy)
December 1994 • D. Kaufmann
Abstract

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