The World Bank just released its Worldwide Governance Indicators.
This paper reports on the latest version of the worldwide governance
indicators, covering 213 countries and territories and measuring six dimensions of governance since 1996 until end-2005: voice and accountability political stability and absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, and control of corruption. The latest indicators are based on hundreds of variables and reflect the views of thousands of citizen and firm survey respondents and experts worldwide. Although global averages of governance display no marked trends over the period 1996-2005, nearly one-third of countries exhibit significant changes -- for better or for worse -- on at least one dimension of governance.