How Good is Good Governance? Contrasting Post-Martial Law Taiwan and Ex-Soviet Estonia

By Leelo Umbsaar.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Public management and quality in the public sector have a number of unique conditions in comparison with the private sector. They presume basic preconditions, common to sociopolitical and administrative culture: legitimacy, the rule of law and ethical behavior based on common values and principles such as openness, accountability, participation, diversity, equity, social justice, solidarity, collaboration and partnerships. Public policy is implemented in and by government agencies; this is the very place where the concept of Good Governance gets promoted first. The study demonstrates how qualitative performance evaluation is linked to dissemination of Good Governance, comparing more generally Asia with Europe in their pursuit of achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Government agencies in Taiwan and Estonia differ from historic viewpoint but share the path of democratization, offering original research for comparative analysis. The paper defines and contextualizes Good Governance by using a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and evaluates its application in administrative agencies in respective small states. The findings suggest that effective promotion of good governance in transition societies depends mostly on political will and management commitment.

Keywords: Millennium Development Goals, Good Governance, Common Assessment Framework, Performance Evaluation, Estonia, Taiwan

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 8, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.431MB).

Leelo Umbsaar

International Ph.D. Student, Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University, Gaoxiong, Taiwan

Ms. Leelo Umbsaar is currently conducting doctoral research on China and Asia-Pacific at National Sun Yat-sen University in Gaoxiong, Republic of China (ROC). Her research foci are Good Governance in transition societies and small states' foreign policy design. Ms. Umbsaar received her B.A. in Jurisprudence (International Comparative and the European Union Law specialization) in 2003 from Concordia International University, and M.A. in International Affairs (Global Governance specialization) in 2007 from Ming Chuan University, ROC. Ms. Umbsaar has been working as a management consultant since 1995, advising mainly large corporations and administrative agencies in the European Union and East Asia. She is specialized on organizational excellence with a focus on strategic planning and quality improvement. Ms. Umbsaar served as a national advisor of Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry at the European Commission in Brussels (2003-2006). She has been elected to the council/board of Estonian Association of SMEs, Estonian Consultants’ Association, Young Lawyers’ Association, and European Movement Estonia.


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