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Sustainable Governance Indicators

SGI 2011 published in book form

Following publication at the beginning of the year of the SGI study on social justice and the subsequent analysis of Germany’s economic and social outlook using the new 2011 SGI data, the project’s key findings have now been released in book form. In addition, the data used in creating the international SGI comparisons are now available online at www.sgi-network.org

Along with articles discussing theory and methodology, the newly published book contains in-depth comparative studies by recognized researchers on the 31 OECD member states’ performance in the area of sustainable governance. Data for the 2011 SGI were collected between May 2008 and April 2010, covering almost exactly the period of time in which the countries’ governments were required to react quickly and decisively to the global financial and economic crisis.  The strengths and weaknesses that thus became visible in the various political and economic systems are clearly depicted in the experts’ assessments, which also examine the countries’ susceptibility to crisis and their ability to implement effective short-term responses, as well as their capacity for overcoming long-term challenges.   

The analyses can therefore help countries to learn from each other while providing policymakers, civil society actors and the media with critical information needed for promoting sustainable governance. 

In addition to the expert assessments, the book contains the executive summaries and strategic outlooks from the original SGI country reports, thereby providing readers with an overview of the most pressing challenges facing each country.


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