Government at a Glance
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- ISSN :
- 2221-4399 (online)
- ISSN :
- 2221-4380 (print)
- DOI :
Government at a Glance 2011
- Publication Date :
- 24 June 2011
- ISBN :
- 9789264096615 (HTML) ; 9789264096585 (PDF) ; 9789264096578 (print)
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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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- Methodology for Revenue Aggregates
Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG)
Developed by the OECD, the Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG) classifies government expenditure data from the System of National Accounts by the purpose for which the funds are used. As Table B.1 illustrates, first-level COFOG splits expenditure data into ten "functional" groups or sub-sectors of expenditures (such as defence, education and social protection), and second-level COFOG further splits each first-level group into up to nine sub-groups.
Fiscal Consolidation Model Assumptions
This annex provides information regarding the assumptions underlying the model utilised to calculate the estimated fiscal consolidation efforts required by governments to stabilise and reduce public debt as a ratio of GDP by 2026. The model estimates the fiscal consolidation efforts required to stabilise or reduce gross debt-to-GDP ratios. The size of these efforts may differ in terms of net debt-to-GDP ratios. The assumptions underpin the data presented in Indicator 15 of Chapter IV (Strategic Foresight and Leadership). Data for Indicator 15, as well as the information presented here, are drawn from the Preliminary Version of the OECD Economic Outlook, No. 89 released in May 2011 and are subject to revision in future Outlook publications.
Methodology and Additional Notes on Compensation of Government Employees
The Survey on Compensation of Government Employees aims to collect information on the annual compensation of employees for a sample of occupations in central/federal/ national government. The purpose is to build a database on remuneration levels for typical positions in central government in core and key sectoral Ministries that will contribute to a better understanding of the salary structures and pay levels in the central governments in OECD countries.
Composite Indexes for Human Resources Management Practices
The composite indexes presented in Government at a Glance summarise discrete, qualitative information on key aspects of human resources management (HRM) practices. Composite indexes are developed and utilised because they can often help examine trends and findings as opposed to assessing several variables individually. However, their interpretation should be made with caution, and only after understanding what they are meant to measure and how they are generated.
Detailed Data on Conflict-of-Interest Disclosure from the 2010 OECD Survey on Integrity
This annex provides data for each responding country on the types of private interests that they require central government decision makers to disclose as well as the level of transparency of these disclosures. The data underlie the summary of data presented in Figure 39.1 and 39.2.
Detailed Data from the 2010 OECD Survey on Public Procurement
This annex provides data for each responding country on the transparency of the public procurement cycle, as well as the online availability of public procurement information and the central government review and remedy mechanisms available for bidders. The data underlie the summaries of data presented in Chapter IX, specifically, for Indicators 41 and 42.
This annex provides data on administrative and institutional features of each country, including: the composition and electoral system of the legislature, the structure of the executive branch, the division of power between one central and several regional or local governments, and key characteristics of the judicial system. It also provides basic data on population and GDP for 2009. Compared to Government at a Glance 2009, this annex includes data for the Russian Federation (currently in the process of accession to the OECD) and Brazil. It also provides data on the number of municipalities, provinces, states and/or regions.
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