Value for Money in Government

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2079-8946 (online)
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2079-8938 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/20798946
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The OECD series Value for Money in Government reports on new reforms and reform trends in public administration, as part of the OECD multi-annual, cross-country study of the same name. The study looks in particular at reforms which aim for better quality of services at lower costs – that is, value for money. The series includes horizontal studies that look at reforms on a thematic basis across countries, as well as country assessments of individual countries. The horizontal studies are descriptive and provide information on the reforms that have occurred in member countries. The focus is on features of the reforms, and on experience with their implementation, which are relevant from an international perspective so that countries can learn from each other. The country studies assess government institutions and practices and, drawing upon reforms that have delivered good results in other countries, make recommendations to the country.

 
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Publication Date :
22 Dec 2011
Pages :
152
ISBN :
9789264130746 (PDF) ; 9789264130708 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/9789264130746-en

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This report presents the results of an assessment of the organisation of the central government of Denmark. The study looks at reforms that are aimed at improving the quality of services (more value) and efficiency (less money) in central government. Starting with facts and quantitative benchmarks on the Danish central government, the study reviews recent reforms in Denmark, and makes recommendations in ten selected areas. The study concludes with a survey of the effects on the quality of services and the potential savings.

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    Foreword
    This report is the second country assessment to be published as part of the OECD study on value for money in government. This study, launched in 2008 on the initiative of the Dutch government, aims to identify new developments in the organisation of central government that are leading to better value for money: better services at lower costs for taxpayers. The first report in the Value for Money series was published in July 2010 under the title Public Administration after "New Public Management". The second report was the country assessment of the Netherlands, published in May 2011.
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    Executive Summary
    This report presents the results of the assessment of the organisation of central government in Denmark. It is part of the Value for Money in Government series, which is a multi-annual study that aims to identify reforms currently under way or planned in OECD member countries that are interesting from the point of view of value for money. The study looks at reforms aimed at improving the quality of services (more value) and efficiency (less money) in central government.
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    Introduction
    This chapter describes the background for the study on value for money in government and the methodology for collecting and analysing information for this report on Denmark.
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    Benchmarks for the Danish central government
    This chapter describes basic features of the Danish central government, including central government employment, central government expenditures, and central government revenues.
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    Overview of previous Danish reforms
    This chapter discusses the three main periods of restructuring of the Danish government sector: the 1980s, the 1990s and the 2000s. The only real overhaul of the Danish budget process in the last 30 years was the budget reform carried out in 1984-85. Other elements of reform over the past 30 years include devolving responsibility to agency heads and enhancing the accountability dimension.
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    Areas of current reform and recommendations
    This chapter presents the ten reforms or reform trends that are particularly interesting for Denmark. Nine of the reforms focus on the various types of government activity: policy development, policy execution, regulatory and/or supervisory activities, and support services. The tenth reform focuses on types of organisations.
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