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Does Insularity Matter? A Bivariate Regression Analysis of Worldwide Governance Indicators: Government Effectiveness and Corruption Control Efficacy in United Nations Small Island Developing States

Thu, November 9, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Loews Hotel, Hospitality Suite 415


A plethora of research has marked the study of islands, nissology, as vastly interdisciplinary. In this paper, I integrate a body of scholarship from island studies in attempting to nuance our understanding of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the correlative effect (regression analysis) between government effectiveness and the control of corruption. Using datasets from World Bank, I conduct a quantitative analysis to claim whether there is a correlation between Government Effectiveness (GOVEF) and the efficacy of Control of Corruption (CONOC) in SIDS, and, to what degree does GOVEF affect CONOC. Furthermore, I contend with an assumption of “assimilation,” or, the notion that smaller island states have more effective governance.