About The Governance Report

Each year, two separate publications address one or more crucial governance challenges and the trade-offs to be considered in meeting them. The Governance Report, especially targeted to policy-makers and practitioners, provides a compact overview of these issues and possible solutions. A companion edited volume deepens the debate with contributions from experts from around the world. Both publications cover conceptual issues and theoretical perspectives, examine specific cases, analyse relevant innovations, and develop indicators to further inform the debate.

The Governance Report and its companion edited volumes are available directly through Oxford University Press and in bookstores and libraries.


Published since 2013, the Governance Report series focuses each year on one or more policy-related issue areas that pose significant challenges to good governance.

The Governance Report 2017 reflects on how democratic innovations can help foster democratic resilience.

The Governance Report 2016 and its companion edited volume, The Governance of Infrastructure (editors: Kai Wegrich, Genia Kostka, Gerhard Hammerschmid), address the persistent myths and changing needs in infrastructure governance.

The Governance Report 2015 and Beyond the Crisis: The Governance of Europe's Economic, Political, and Legal Transformation (editors: Mark Dawson, Henrik Enderlein, Christian Joerges) explore changes in European Union governance since the onset of the eurozone crisis.

The Governance Report 2014 and The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities (editors: Martin Lodge, Kai Wegrich) analyse how different administrative capacities contribute to governance readiness.

The Governance Report 2013 and Governance Challenges and Innovations: Financial and Fiscal Governance (editor: Helmut K. Anheier) present the state of governance in a world of deepening interdependence among a growing set of actors, with a focus on the financial and fiscal crises.

Governance indicators

Each year, the Governance Report is accompanied by a topical set of indicators that draws on existing databases as well as original data in order to shed light on key aspects of governance. In addition to informing the annual Governance Report publications, the indicators are made available online to the public in the form of interactive tools as well as downloadable data sets and supplementary materials.

Visit our interactive tools and downloadable data sets to explore the governance indicators.

Governance innovations

When applicable, the Governance Report presents a selection of ideas and practices being put forth in order to meet today’s challenges to good governance. Based on a rigorous identification and selection process, these topical governance innovations are presented as case studies in the annual publication, as well as made available online to the public in shortened form.

Visit our collection of governance innovations to learn more.

Core editorial and research team

Helmut K. Anheier, President of the Hertie School of Governance
Regina List, Managing Editor of the Governance Report
Sonja Kaufmann, Associate Editor and Research Associate
Olga Kononykhina, Research Associate
Jessica Leong Cohen, Research Associate
CJ Yetman, Research Associate

Editors and contributors

The Governance Report 2017 (Democratic innovations, published April 2017)
Faculty lead: Helmut K. Anheier
Contributors: Helmut K. Anheier, Ewa Atanassow, Donatella Della Porta, Andrea Felicetti, Matthias Haber, Nina Hall, Ira Katznelson, Sonja Kaufmann, Didi Kuo, Regina List, Claus Offe, Thamy Pogrebinschi, Daniel Smilov

The Governance Report 2016 (Infrastructure governance)
Faculty leads: Gerhard Hammerschmid, Genia Kostka, Kai Wegrich
Contributors: Dorothée Allain-Dupré, Rolf Alter, Helmut K. Anheier, Juan Garin, Matthias Haber, Gerhard Hammerschmid, Ian Hawkesworth, Claudia Hulbert, Sonja Kaufmann, Genia Kostka, Margaux Vincent, Kai Wegrich

The Governance of Infrastructure
Editors: Kai Wegrich, Genia Kostka, Gerhard Hammerschmid
Contributors: Helmut K. Anheier, Niklas Anzinger, Hilary Boudet, Carlos Oliveira Cruz, Nuno F. da Cruz, Mihály Fazekas, Joseph Grandolfo, Nathaniel Green, Matthias Haber, Gerhard Hammerschmid, Jacint Jordana, Genia Kostka, Marcus André Melo, Carlos Pereira, Autumn Proudlove, Werner Rothengatter, Benjamin Sovacool, Bence Tóth, Kai Wegrich

The Governance Report 2015 (European Union)
Faculty leads: Mark Dawson, Henrik Enderlein, Christian Joerges
Contributors: Mark Dawson, Henrik Enderlein, Christian Joerges, Liam F. McGrath

Beyond the Crisis: The Governance of Europe's Economic, Political and Legal Transformation
Editors: Mar6k Dawson, Henrik Enderlein, Christian Joerges
Contributors: Maurizio Bach, Mark Dawson, Henrik Enderlein, Michelle Everson, Sergio Fabbrini, Marcel Fratzscher, Alicia Hinarejos, Daniel Innerarity, Christian Joerges, Liam F. McGrath, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Loukas Tsoukalis, Albert Weale

The Governance Report 2014 (Administrative capacities)
Faculty lead: Kai Wegrich
Contributors: Martin Lodge, Piero Stanig, Kai Wegrich, Ramsey Wise

The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities
Editors: Martin Lodge, Kai Wegrich
Contributors: Gerhard Hammerschmid, Eva Heidbreder, Michael Hill, Peter Hupe, Jacint Jordana, Michaela Kreyenfeld, Nico Krisch, Andrea Lenschow, Martin Lodge, Kira Matus, Salvador Parrado, Anika Rasner, Eva Sørensen, Vid Štimac, Jacob Torfing, Marco Verweij, Kai Wegrich

The Governance Report 2013 (Governance challenges)
Faculty leads: Helmut K. Anheier, Mark Hallerberg, Mark Kayser
Contributors: Helmut K. Anheier, William Roberts Clark, Mark Copelovitch, Mark Hallerberg, Inge Kaul, Mark Kayser, Sabrina Korreck, Lucia Quaglia, Piero Stanig, Stephanie Walter

Governance Challenges and Innovations: Financial and Fiscal Governance
Editor: Helmut K. Anheier
Contributors: Helmut K. Anheier, William Roberts Clark, Vincent Arel-Bundock, Klaus J. Brösamle, Mark Copelovitch, Mark T. Fliegauf, Mark Hallerberg, Mark Kayser, Regina A. List, Lucia Quaglia, Piero Stanig, Stephanie Walter

Advisers and supporters

Advisory committee

Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen Institute
William Roberts Clark, Charles Puryear Professor of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
John Coatsworth, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Ann Florini, Visiting Professor, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University; Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution
Geoffrey Garrett, Dean, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance and Director, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics
Edmund J. Malesky, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Duke University
Henrietta Moore, Director, Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London
Woody Powell, Professor of Education, Sociology, Business, and Engineering and Faculty Co-Director, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University 
Bo Rothstein, Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford; Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College; Co-founder and Senior Advisor,  Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg
Shanker Satyanath, Associate Professor of Politics, New York University
James Vreeland, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Kent Weaver, Distinguished Professor; Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University and Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
Arne Westad, S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Michael Zürn, Director, Global Governance, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin


Hertie School of Governance
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Berggruen Institute