The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $3 million grant from the Berggruen Institute to the Luskin School of Public Affairs for the production and dissemination of the Berggruen Governance Index.
Launched in late 2019, the index evaluates countries based on the quality of their political and administrative governance in three areas — quality of democracy (inputs), as measured by citizens' ability to monitor their government and engage in political life; quality of government (throughputs), as defined by levels of corruption and judicial impartiality, as well as a government's capacity to collect taxes, recruit civil servants, coordinate across agencies, and regulate businesses; and quality of life (outputs), that is, the provision of "public goods" in the areas of education, health, the environment, the economy, and criminal and civil justice. With the viability of democratic governance being tested around the world, the index seeks to deepen public understanding of the relationship between democracy, competent government, and the provision of public goods.
Led by Helmut Anheier, an adjunct professor of social welfare, the UCLA research team will curate, advance, and disseminate the findings of the index over a five-year period, with the goal of increasing awareness of their findings among policy makers, analysts, and the general public through various events and media formats.
"The Luskin School is thrilled to partner with the Berggruen Institute on this incredibly important and timely work," said Luskin School dean Gary Segura. "In a period where governments the world over struggle to cope with global crises, including the current pandemic, the effectiveness, transparency and capacity of states to care for the needs of their people is of critical importance. With this gift, the Luskin School can help advance our understanding of what makes government effective."