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Journal of Social Economics Research

March 2017, Volume 4, 1, pp 1-8

Specifying Quality of Governance in Transition Economies with Cluster Analysis






  1. Assoc. Prof., Cukurova University, Turkey 1

  2. Res. Assist., Cukurova University, Turkey 2

Pages: 1-8

DOI: 10.18488/journal.35.2017.41.1.8

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Article History:

Received: 22 November, 2016
Revised: 14 December, 2016
Accepted: 26 January, 2017
Published: 13 March, 2017


With the collapse of Soviet Russia, transition of communist countries towards the market economy not only caused an economic transformation but also formal and informal constraints, institutional structures and legal norms in society were changed. IMF's and World Bank’s reports and governance concept containing neoliberal policies that took place in World Bank’s publications were important factors behind this transition. In this study, it is aimed to analyze quality of governance in transition economies by the year 2014. With this framework, Cluster analysis is performed by Ward (1963) Minimum Variance Method by using World Bank Governance and Freedom House dataset.

Contribution/ Originality
This paper contributes to the literature by determination of transition economies’ position in terms of their governance scores in a multivariate framework. The results of Cluster analysis indicate that countries in the process of integration with the EU have better governance scores with respect to other transition economies.


Quality of governance, Transition economies, Cluster analysis, Ward’s method, World bank governance indicators, Freedom house dataset.


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This paper was supported by Research Fund of the Cukurova University (SED-2016-7729).

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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