Do we need another country index?
Almost all other indexes measure country performance in isolation: whether it’s economic growth, stability, justice, transparency, good governance, productivity, democracy, freedom, or even happiness, it’s mostly measured as internal performance.
The Good Country Index tries to measure the global impacts of policies and behaviours: what they contribute to the “global commons”, and what they take away. This forms a truer and more realistic global balance-sheet than one which carries on pretending that each country sits on its own private planet.
The concept of the Good Country is all about encouraging populations and their governments to be more outward looking, and to consider the international consequences of their national behaviour.