Government at a Glance 2017
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Government at a Glance 2017

Government at a Glance 2017 provides the latest available data on public administrations in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, and South Africa. This edition contains new indicators on public sector emploympent, institutions, budgeting practices and procedures, regulatory governance, risk management and communication, open government data and public sector innovation. This edition also includes for the first time a number of scorecards comparing the level of access, responsiveness and quality of services in three key areas: health care, education and justice.

Each indicator in the publication is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of graphs and/or charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. A database containing qualitative and quantitative indicators on government is available on line. It is updated twice a year as new data are released. The database, countries fact sheets and other online supplements can be found at www.oecd.org/gov/govataglance.htm.

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Special feature: Policy advisory systems at arm's length from government You or your institution have access to this content

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Governments and policy makers face increasingly complex and interrelated policy challenges that require fit-for-purpose solutions. There is a need for a trusted evidence-based knowledge infrastructure that underpins policy making with advice to resolve these challenges and bridge isolated silo approaches. Policy advisory systems-networks or clusters of bodies-are an important pillar of this knowledge infrastructure. They provide governments with comprehensive evidence-based analysis throughout the policy cycle, particularly at the design and inception stage. These systems may include permanent and ad hoc policy advisory bodies, which differ in lifespan, structure and mandate, and may be placed within, separate from or at arm’s length of government.

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