Governance Convergence Among the EU28?
The paper attempts to detect trends of convergence in terms of governance among the EU member-states. This is an issue that has not hitherto been examined. The empirical analysis provided utilizes the worldwide governance indicators, employs the methodological approach of convergence clubs and covers the period 1996–2012. Findings reported herein point to clear trends of convergence. With the notable exceptions of some lead countries, the vast majority of EU member-states tend to form one convergence club in each of the six governance indicators considered. Yet, there are still appreciable differences. By and large, the northern and the western EU member-states exhibit significantly larger values compared to the southern and the eastern ones. This means that despite the convergence trends detected, notable divisions among the EU member-states still remain. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht