Qatar has been a regional champion of good governance on behalf of administrative simplicity and e-government, although a modest performer in its income group. But stagnation set it in the last decade and showed the limits of a good governance model based on enlightened despotism. Despite their good quality, both bureaucracy and the judiciary are not autonomous from political authorities, and the law does not apply equally to everyone. The corruption in Qatar has been only exposed in international scandals or judicial investigations. Internally, there is low financial transparency and no accountability. The large number of e-citizens are unlikely to challenge a regime based on generous patronage fueled by rich mineral resources.
Selected trends from the Public Integrity Index
Trends in Judicial Independence, Administrative Burden, Freedom of the Press over the past 13 years