Government at a Glance 2011
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Government at a Glance 2011

This second edition of Government at a Glance more than doubles the number of available indicators of OECD governments’ performance. The indicators compare the political and institutional frameworks of government across OECD countries as well as government revenues and expenditures, employment, and compensation. They also include indicators describing government policies and practices on integrity, e-government and open government, and introduce several composite indexes summarising key aspects of public management practices in human resources management, budgeting, procurement, and regulatory management. For each figure, the book provides a dynamic link (StatLink) which direct the user to a web page where corresponding data are available in Excel® format. The report also offers two special chapters, on leveraged governance and on the policy implications of fiscal consolidation.

The 58 data sets of member and partner countries in this 2011 edition of Government at a Glance include the first ever international comparison of public sector pay for selected professions and public service occupations, which points to a fairly egalitarian pay structure in the public sector;  estimations of country-specific fiscal consolidation requirements, which have been found to be large in many countries; the level of disclosure of private interests in the three branches of government; and  the implementation gap of Open Government policies to promote transparency, efficiency and trust.

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Preparing for effective compliance and enforcement of regulations You or your institution have access to this content

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How regulations are designed is important. Poorly designed regulations are difficult to comply with by businesses and citizens, and are costly to enforce. Good regulatory design depends on regulators anticipating and preparing for compliance and enforcement issues when evaluating the potential impact of draft regulations. A well functioning ex ante impact assessment process, therefore, includes an assessment of likely compliance by business and citizens, and of the ease and costs of enforcement. Evaluating this aspect of regulation also contributes to the underlying policy goals. Early analysis can help anticipate and prevent the conditions for corruption, wilful failures to observe the law and the growth of an informal economy.
 
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