Posts Tagged ‘Foreign Policy’

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Sat Jul 25th 2009 at 10:30am UTC

Failed States and Development

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Earlier this week, Foreign Policy released the latest edition of its Failed States Index (via Daily Dish’s Patrick Appel). It’s based on a database of 12 indicators of state cohesion and performance for 177 nations. So my colleague Charlotta Mellander decided to compare it to our Prosperity Institute economic development database which has a wide range of indicators for output, productivity, human capital innovation, life satisfaction, human development, and economic structure. The findings, while not particularly surprising, are nonetheless interesting. FP asks:

“[W]ho (or what) is to blame when things go bad—corrupt leaders, dysfunctional societies, bad neighbors, a global recession, unfortunate history, or simply geography itself? ”

The simple answer that comes from our analysis is development – or lack of it. Failed states not only fail on state cohesion and performance, they also fail on measures of economic development from output or GNP per capita and total factor productivity to human capital, life satisfaction, and more. And failed states apparently lag badly on the transition to knowledge-driven, creative economies.

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Tue Oct 21st 2008 at 8:20am UTC

Global Cities Index

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

The new Global Cities Index is out – a joint venture of Foreign Policy and A.T. Kearney. New York tops the list, with London in second, then Paris and Tokyo. Toronto comes in 10th overall – scoring fourth in culture and 13th in higher education.