Regional cohesion is a fundamental goal for EU policies, especially since the financial crisis hit some regions harder than others. As a policy area it also engages a substantial part of the EU budget.
A factor strongly connected to this political priority is corruption, as well as its opposite, good government. This study provides knowledge of the regional variations within the EU, the consequences of good government as well as the reforms needed to curb corruption.
The results are derived from an index built by the researchers to measure, describe and compare the quality of government across regions within the EU (European Quality of Government index, EQI).