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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. 

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Public Governance Arrangements in Estonia

A country’s public governance arrangements are a determining factor in the successful implementation of government programmes and reforms. Examining these arrangements both helps to frame the context in which the government and public administration operate and to identify the challenges faced by the public administration in implementing the government’s agenda. Understanding the governance context also helps to determine how information flows can be enhanced among actors, both inside and outside the public sector, in order to improve co-ordination and collaboration, as well as co-delivery of services. In order to successfully implement reforms, the Estonian public administration must strike the right balance between the daily business of delivering policies, programmes and services, and carrying out its strategic function of anticipating needs, prioritising responses, and preparing and improving itself to meet those needs more efficiently and effectively, based on a full understanding of its strengths and weaknesses.

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