The following notes are bases on communications from my friend RK.
."According to the Wolrd Bank Governance index, widely quoted and used by "policy makers" , Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are in the relatively "good" (50-75th) percentile in terms of one of the six standard indicators, "government effectiveness" (100 being most effective)
Tunisia scored 65. Qatar and UAE are two in the 75+ percentile. All the other Arab countries scored well below (Bahrain 67, Egypt 44, Palestine 21, Iraq 8). Bahrain scored 67.
On other indicators Tunisia was also a "good" scorer (control of corruption and regulatory quality and rule of law). Have a look for yourself at the six indicators for Tunisia.
Bahrainis may be interested in comparing their country with Tunisia. Here is WB index for 2007 for Bahrain.
Voice and Accountability 25 of 100
Political Stability 33.7 of 100
Government Effectiveness 67.1 of 100
Regulatory Quality 77.7 of 100
Rule of Law 67.6 of 100
Control of Corruption 68.1 of 100
My friend, RK, poses the following questions:
What does this mean for the "low scorers" that they will perversely escape the same fate as the Tunisian model BECAUSE they are poorer good governance scorers? OR maybe if this is the fate of the good scorers, then what is in store for the less "good governed" states (not to mention the other Gulf high scorers?
In any case, it certainly tells you alot about the reliability of World Bank statistics and the uselessness of the whole concept of good governance".
Well put, RK.
Way to go people of Tunisia!