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. 



Main Assessment and Key Recommendations

Since the restoration of independence in 1991, and prior to the global financial and economic crisis, Estonia enjoyed one of the most dynamic periods of economic growth among both transition and OECD countries. Critical to this success was Estonia’s transformation from a centrally planned economy to a liberal market economy. The stewardship of the government has resulted in budget surpluses, a reasonable level of openness, and a high level of economic and political stability – an important factor for investors. As a result, the Estonian government, supported by the public administration, was a key orchestrator of economic development.


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