FORBES.Kenneth Rapoza.November 29,2012
Want a limited government that’s held accountable by society? Then start packing.
With all this talk about fiscal responsibility in the U.S. and Europe, the World Justice Project’s latest rule of law index gives civil society a sense of which governments are fair and accountable. And the U.S. is not even in the top 15.
See: Rule of Law Index – World Justice Project
The Washington based World Justice Project conducts the review annually to better gauge progress in which countries are improving in terms of corruption, security and general governance. It looks at over 90 nations. In one category, limited government powers, the U.S. is not even in the top ten. It ranks in the mid-teens. The limited government framework measures the extent to which those who govern are bound by their own national laws. It comprises the means, both constitutional and institutional, by which the powers of the government and its officials and agents are limitedand by which they are held accountable under the law. It also includes nongovernmental checks and balances, and a free press.
To make it into the top 10, national laws must be enforced andaccessible, let alone efficient and fair. Moreover, justice is delivered by competent, ethical, and independent representatives who are non partisan, have adequate resources to judge a case, and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.
Here are the top 10 nations in that regard, according to the World Justice Project’s parameters.