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Good Governance and Happiness: Does Technical Quality of Governance Lead to Happiness Universally in both Rich and Poor Countries?

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Authors
Woo, Changbin
Issue Date
2018-06
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.25 No.1, pp. 37-56
Keywords
Good GovernanceHappinessTechnical QualityQuality of Goverment
Abstract
This study attempts to examine the effect of good governance or quality of government on the happiness and find out whether the technical quality of governance lead to happiness universally in both rich and poor countries. The study applies multi-level analyses on happiness data from WVS to examine the interplay of individual characteristics and the country context. Unlike the previous literature that argue that efficient government are of importance for both richer and poorer countries, this study finds that good governance enhances the level of happiness only in the high-income countries. Specifically, the effect of technical or delivery quality of governance is limited to relatively rich nations, suggesting that improvement of the technical quality of governance, or efficiency-oriented transformation of government does not ineluctably lead to a higher level of happiness.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/145105
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.25 (2018)
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