Aggregating Indices of Governance Quality – An Exploratory Factor Analysis

L’agrégation des indices de qualité de la gouvernance – Analyse exploratoire des facteurs

  1. Pavlovic, N.J.
  2. Mandel, D.R.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
In this technical report, we used the exploratory factor analysis to examine 24 open-source governance indices measuring levels of democracy, economic development and human rights, in order to identify and describe patterns of relationships that may exist among them. The 24 variables used for the factor analysis were selected from a comprehensive list of open-source databases obtained from the DRDC Toronto Technical Report 2008-167. The analysis produced a three-factor solution that explained the most variance and provided a theoretical interpretation in accordance to the already established definitions of good governance. We build on previous efforts by providing a more comprehensive analysis of a larger set of similar indices, proposing a new approach to interpreting multiple sources of data in an integrative manner, and offering further guidance on the use of these measures for assessing state governance.

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governance indices, governance quality, factor analysis, indicators
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2011-022 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2011
Number of Pages
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