Estonia: Towards a Single Government Approach

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These OECD country reviews examine governance and public management issues from a comprehensive perspective, helping countries to identify how reforms can better reinforce each other in support of overall government objectives.  They also examine reform strategies that have worked in other countries and provide advice as to which reforms can be appropriately adapted to a given country.    

Since the restoration of independence in 1991, Estonia has met the challenge of establishing a fully functional, stable, and modern state.  This review looks at how, building on its significant accomplishments to date, the Estonian public administration can work together as a single government to improve and sustain service delivery to citizens and to meet new challenges on the horizon. 


Case Study One

Estonian Education – Sustaining High Quality Schools

Estonia places high societal value on education. Yet, there are concerns that more needs to be done to ensure that its education system sustains high quality and equity, and that what students learn is relevant to the country’s evolving social and economic needs. If Estonia is to build upon the existing strengths of its education system, it will need to work as a single government, with greater co-operation among and across levels of government. Central- and local-level policy makers will need a common vision that considers not only the school network and modernising curricula but also national and regional strategic objectives and stakeholder perspectives. Successful education system reform will require greater co-operation among municipalities, and greater cross-sectoral co-ordination and co-operation at the central level. It also calls for the delivery of education to be adapted to the capacity needs of local government and the expressed needs and preferences of local populations.


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