Winners and Losers

Which Countries are Successful and Why?

by Matt Qvortrup (Author)
©2021 Prompt XIV, 140 Pages


The aim of this short book is to understand which countries do well on key indicators and why. After a short philosophical and historical survey of the literature to put the book into context, the Better-Place Index is developed. This is subsequently tested against a number of policy variables, such as levels of taxation, immigration, and democratic institutions, and other measures. The book provides statistical evidence that these factors are correlated with higher scores on the Better Place Index.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • CHAPTER 1 Which Countries Are Successful?
  • CHAPTER 2 The Economics of a Better Place
  • CHAPTER 3 The Sociology of a Better Place
  • CHAPTER 4 Politics and Better Place
  • Famous Last Words
  • APPENDIX A The Better Place Index 2018
  • Series index

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Figure 1.1BPI Change in Turkey 2010–2018

Figure 1.2BPI Change in BRIC Countries 2011–2018

Figure 1.3BPI Change China 2010–2018

Figure 1.4BPI Change in G7 Countries 2011–2018

Figure 1.5BPI Change: United Kingdom and Japan 2010–2018

Figure 2.1Tax Rate and GDP per Capita

Figure 2.2Tax and BPI

Figure 2.3GDP per Capita and the Size of the Public Sector

Figure 2.4Years of Schooling and the Size of the Public Sector

Figure 2.5Number of Doctors and the Size of the Public Sector

Figure 2.6Hospital Beds and Government Consumption

Figure 2.7Right-Wing Ideology and GDP per Capita

Figure 2.8Unemployment and Right-Wing Ideology

Figure 2.9Inequality and BPI and GDP per Capita

Figure 2.10GINI Inequality and GDP per Capita

Figure 2.11BPI and GINI Inequality

Figure 2.12CO2 Emissions and GINI Inequality

Figure 2.13GINI Inequality and Due Process

Figure 2.14GINI Inequality and Schooling

Figure 3.1BPI and Average Temperature

Figure 3.2Democracy and Average Temperatures

Figure 3.3Proportion of Buddhists and GDP per Capita

Figure 3.4Homicide Rates and Proportion of Buddhists

Figure 3.5Proportion of Hindus and BPI

Figure 3.6Proportion of Muslims and BPI

Figure 3.7GDP per Capita and the Proportion of Muslims

Figure 3.8Proportion of Agnostics and GDP per Capita

Figure 3.9BPI and the Proportion of Agnostics

Figure 3.10GDP per Capita and Women MPs

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Figure 3.12GDP per Capita and Number of Migrants per 100,000

Figure 3.13GDP per Capita and Immigration

Figure 3.14BPI and Immigration

Figure 3.15GINI Inequality and Immigration

Figure 3.16BPI and Ethnic Fractionalisation

Figure 3.17Health Care Spending and Ethnic Fractionalisation

Figure 4.1Democracy and the Better Place Index

Figure 4.2Average BPI in Democracies and Autocracies

Figure 4.3Average GDP per Capita in Democracies and Non-Democracies (in US Dollars)

Figure 4.4BPI in Parliamentary and Non-Parliamentary Systems

Figure 5.1Graphic Representation of Factors (B-Variables)

Appendix AThe Better Place Index 2018

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This short book was written during the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020. The aim was to bring together objective and neutral data and evidence on when countries are successful or not. The short book combines sociology, economics and political science and makes use of statistics to develop the Better Place Index: a measure of success. The book is a snapshot of how things were at a particular period in time. Nothing is static. It is possible that other countries would be winners in the future. Readers who are interested in the methodology and more detailed statistics of each country can look at website, which provides all the information. It can be found at: <https://www.thebetterplaceindex.report/infographics>


XIV, 140
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2021 (June)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2021. XIV, 140 pp., 41 b/w ill., 1 table.

Biographical notes

Matt Qvortrup (Author)

Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Applied Political Science and International Relations at Coventry University. An expert on comparative constitutional engineering, Professor Qvortrup was awarded the PSA Prize for his research on «Terrorism and Political Science», he served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. He is also the recipient to the Oxford University Press Law Prize.. He has previously worked as member of President Obama’s Special Envoy Team in Africa (2009-2010). Before his career as an academic Dr Qvortrup served as Head of the Gun Crime Section in the British Home Office (2002-2004) and before that as a Special Advisor to the Home Secretary (Minister for the Interior). Professor Qvortrup earned his doctorate in Politics at Brasenose College, University of Oxford in 2000. Also a qualified lawyer, he holds a Diploma from the College of Law, London. A frequent commentator for the BBC, Professor Qvortrup writes regularly for Bloomberg.


Title: Winners and Losers