Specificity of the Culture of Governance in the Mediterranean Arab Countries: A Principal Components Analysis

  •  Najah Souissi    
  •  Messaoud Boudhiaf    


The purpose of this paper is to study the specificity and dynamics of governance culture in the Mediterranean Arab countries. We rely on the notion of governance developed by Meisel and Oueld Aoudia (2007) “Governance for Development” and we use the “Institutional Profiles” database for the years 2001–2006 and 2009. We accomplish a principal component analysis and we show that the institutions of governance prevailing in the Mediterranean Arab countries are not institutionalized and are dominated by interpersonal and informal arrangements. They are also characterized by low capacity of their States to coordinate private interests within the meaning of the general interest.

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