The SGI provide the most comprehensive survey of sustainable governance in OECD and EU countries. Advocating the exchange of good practices, we offer full access to our data set and enable comparisons that generate future innovations in governance.
Flip through SGI’s three dimensions to get direct access to the underlying components. Pick your issue of interest to learn about countries’ performances.
Our new Analysis section lets you
correlate individual results. Each
dimension, category, criterion
and indicator can be plotted on
the horizontal (X) and vertical (Y)
The further to the right and
top, the better the scores.
Trendlines can be overlayed on
the graph, helping you identify
significant correlations between
Add a third indicator to your
Two medians divide the
graph into four
mances on both axes.
mance on the X-axis,
above-median on the
mance on the X-axis,
below-median on the
mance on both axes.
The SGI compares 41 member countries
of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and
the European Union (EU), scrutinized
for their Sustainable Policies, Robust Democracy and Good Governance.
Corruption slows efforts to implement sustainable policymaking in the OECD and EU
Corruption, ineffectual governance and unsustainable policy outcomes often go hand in hand.
Lessons from Germany’s Political Power Struggles
Recent debates on nuclear power plant lifetimes and an investment by a Chinese state-owned corporation revealed serious deficiencies in the German government’s interministerial cooperation.
Closing the Gap Between Science and Politics: A European View
We live in an age of political turbulence amid uncertainty about pending disasters. Whether dealing with fragile public finances, pandemic risk, or ecological collapse, humanity seems to stumble from one crisis to the next. The World Science Forum in December seeks to posit an alternative to such short-term thinking.
The Battle for Control of Congress and Beyond
The U.S. midterms in November are shaping up to be more than just a referendum on President Joe Biden, with issues such as inflation, abortion and crime jostling for voters’ attention. While hard to predict, the midterm elections will set the stage for the 2024 presidential vote.
What will be Europe’s next move?
For years now, the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been locked in a struggle with the European institutions in Brussels. Europe’s patience is tested but in the context of the divisive War in Ukraine, will it dare to curtail Hungary’s access to EU funds?
Russia’s War Requires a Reassessment of Nuclear Power
A big paradox looms over Europe: There is unprecedented international anxiety about the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear reactors amid the war. But at the same time, many European countries are turning to nuclear power to secure national energy supplies.
Rallying around the Flag in Times of Crisis
Why not all leaders get a popularity boost in threatening times - and certainly not Joe Biden.
How Liberal Democracies Can Become Champions of Resilience
Around the globe, what lessons can be learnt from the corona era to help countries weather current and future shocks? It turns out that five governance capabilities are central to making democracies more resilient.
Our studies offer comprehensive
examinations of central aspects and
region-specific challenges related to
sustainable governance. Moreover we
have investigated the state of play of
social justice and social inclusion,
COVID-19 crisis management or the
implementation of the Sustainable
SGI Policy Briefs
Our policy briefs examine specific
policy challenges, summarizing
current interventions and good
practices for policymakers, while
considering the key impacts.
SGI Country Reports
The 2022 issue of the SGI shows
declining quality of democracy,
increasing polarization and deficits
in governance capacities.
ABOUT THE SGI
SGI Expert Community
Each country is examined by two
(or more) scholars with established
expertise. Pairing context-sensitive,
qualitative expert assessments
with quantitative data delivers
high-resolution country profiles.
Coordinating & Cross-checking
The country experts’ work is
supported by coordinators ,
sector experts and the SGI
team . The advisory board
reviews and approves the