Benchmarking and governance

Graham Room

in The European challenge

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861347398
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303787 | DOI:
Benchmarking and governance

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This chapter focuses on the role of benchmarking in relation to governance. It notes that if benchmarking of the new knowledge-based economy and policy learning are to be ‘intelligent’, they must deploy a range of tools proportionate to its complexity. It discusses that benchmarking, policy learning, political choice, and the pursuit of particular trajectories of socio-economic development all presuppose a certain level of State capacity. It explains that capacity-building is, indeed, an integral part of the Lisbon strategy, as countries are encouraged to build on best practice and Community programmes are refashioned to support achievement of the Lisbon goals.

Keywords: benchmarking; governance; knowledge-based economy; policy learning; political choice; socio-economic development; capacity-building; Lisbon goals; State capacity

Chapter.  3137 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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