Quality of government: in Italy only Trentino is saved

You see that little gray purple dot highlighted in green on the map? It is our Trentino which, according to the European quality index of the 2021 regional government, created by the University of Gothenburg, is the only province that is saved in Italy.

IThe result of the research leaves no room for doubt: Italian local administrations are below the EU average, with results similar to those of the Eastern European regions. As mentioned, the only region that is saved is the autonomous province of Trento. The result of the gigantic poll was disseminated by the Corriere della Sera thank you to an article very detailed by Francesca Basso.

Glad the governor of autonomous province of Trento Maurizio Fugatti who immediately spread the news on his social page declaring: “According to this study carried out by the University of Gothenburg, the Autonomous Province of Trento has the highest quality of regional government in the whole country. A judgment that can only make me happy ».

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The Government Quality Index is based on the largest survey ever to measure the perception of government quality. The views of over 129,000 respondents from 208 regions in the 27 Member States. The survey, conducted in the midst of the pandemic, linked government institutions, health policy and crisis management.

In general, the survey revealed an overall increase in the perceived quality of governance of European regions. The geography of local government quality is slowly changing – notes the study published by He would run -, with many Eastern European regions now surpassing southern European regions.

This is the fourth edition of the European Quality of Government Index (Eqi). The precedents date back to 2010, 2013 e 2017. IThe report assesses the quality of government understood as impartiality in the exercise of public power and to do so it has taken into consideration three aspects: impartiality (the government reserves fair treatment to all citizens regardless of their characteristics or personal relationships), corruption (not there is abuse of public office for private gain), and quality (public services are perceived as being of high quality).

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This latest edition includes some additions to the original survey, including several indicators related to Covid. The pandemic was a common element: all territories were affected. But also accentuated the differences: some territories have suffered significantly more than others.

The survey took into account a set of parameters: impartiality and quality of public service delivery, low corruption (understood as the way in which power is effectively exercised, not necessarily to formal rules).

As in previous years, there is a significant one regional variation in some countries, while in others it is very low. Italy, Spain, France (particularly when considering overseas regions), Belgium and Romania have fairly sizeable regional ranges in the data. Furthermore, the range in Poland, Germany and Greece has increased compared to the previous survey. Slovenia is also a noteworthy case, with the eastern region of the capital very advanced. For the first time there is significant variation between two Irish regions as the Dublin region is far below the southern region. In other cases, regional variation within the country is modest or very low, such as in Sweden, Denmark, Austria or Slovakia, where no difference is significant.

The geography of regional government quality is changing (albeit slowly). While in the first three surveys none of the Central-Eastern European regions was above the EU average, now there are or are approaching.

On the contrary, many regions of southern Europe are now below the EU average, including several in Spain and Portugal, almost all Italian regions and all Greek regions.

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