Sustainable Governance Indicators
- How successful are OECD member states in achieving sustainable policymaking outcomes?
- What is their quality of democracy like?
- How robust is each country’s capacity for strategic management in light of the government’s interaction with societal actors?
The SGI http://www.sgi-network.org/ answer these key questions by carrying out a systematic, indicator-driven comparison of all OECD countries, thus providing insight into the analyzed nations’ political and social sustainability.
Some 70 international experts participate in this broad-based study, carried out every two years by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Based on 150 qualitative and quantitative indicators, the SGI provide a detailed picture of the countries’ strengths and limitations in order to advance the debate on good governance and sustainable policymaking among OECD members. To that extent, they reflect the stated goal of Bertelsmann Stiftung founder Reinhard Mohn to carry out systematic (international) comparisons as a way of identifying best practices and learning from them, so that experiences gained in one country can benefit others.
The SGI thus provide considerably more information than conventional economic data, since social progress and sustainability cannot be expressed by growth rates or material prosperity alone. They also shed light on the success of OECD member states in additional policymaking fields crucial for ensuring the ongoing performance and long-term stability of economic, political, social and ecological systems, and for guaranteeing a high level of social participation. These fields include education, employment, healthcare, integration, innovation and the environment.
In addition to these traditional policymaking fields, the SGI also examine the quality of democracy and rule of law, as well as each government’s executive capacity in practice. As a result, the SGI shed light for the first time on how capable each country is of using governance processes to identify pressing problems, formulate strategic solutions and, consequently, ensure sustainable policymaking outcomes.