Insights & Publications

Our Insights and Publications bring together high quality, useful research pieces for policymakers and government practitioners. Ranging from short articles and interviews to policy briefs and case studies, our knowledge products cover a wide variety of key issues. Here at CIG, as neither a think tank nor a university, our research is more practitioner-focused and can directly support policymakers in their decision making.

Chandler Good Government Index (CGGI) 2021

Executive Summary

The CGGI is the world’s most comprehensive index of effective national government. Please visit for the full CGGI 2021 Index Report, featuring in-depth commentary and analysis from world-class governance experts and practitioners. The CGGI website hosts the full list of country results, the Technical Annex, and interactive tools to dive deeper into the Index data.

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Justinian and Theodora

Greats in Governance

Clear and fair laws are the foundation of a safe and prosperous society. Such foundations can be traced back to the sixth century Byzantine emperor Justinian I, and his trailblazing wife, Empress Theodora. They instituted transparency and morality into the empire’s legal system and new laws to protect the most vulnerable members of society.

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Managing Technical Experts in the Public Sector

Practice Guide

Technical experts are vital workers in the public sector, but hiring and retaining specialists can be problematic. This Practice Guide shares some of the most effective and innovative practices for keeping expertise in the system.

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Leadership Development Programmes for the Public Sector

Practice Guide

Learn how well-designed and implemented Leadership Development Programmes can make all the difference in supporting public sector leaders, and can make a positive impact on public service values, practices and outcomes.

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Akbar the Great

Greats in Governance

Over the course of his 50-year reign, the sixteenth century Mughal emperor, Akbar, built a vast multicultural empire, marked by edicts that promoted inclusivity, unity and accountability. His many fiscal, administrative and cultural reforms marked great advances in governance.

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Three Trends in Governance Everyone is Talking About (and one you may have missed)

As we round up the year and head into 2020, join us as we take stock of some key trends in governance that dominated the headlines, and reflect on what these trends will mean for governments.

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The Legacy of Leadership

Transforming Nations Through Good Governance

Wise and effective leadership is the foundation that supports national prosperity. Through times of peace and conflict, and through the ups and downs of economic cycles, leadership makes all the difference. This publication examines the principles and pillars of public leadership and national governance that have led people to be catalysts for change in their societies.

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Shaping Cities, Transforming Nations

The Role of Cities in Nation Building

Cities have long stood as powerful centers of cultural development, influence and innovation. Today more people live in cities than at any other time in human history. Our world’s economic wealth, technological innovation, and cultural development hinge on the proper development of cities. This report sheds light on the critical role of cities in building prosperous nations.

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