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Government at a Glance 2009

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The actions and policies of government touch our daily lives in countless ways. Quantifying and measuring government actions can help leaders make better decisions, and can help to hold government accountable to its citizens. 

Government at a Glance is a new, biennial publication of the OECD providing over 30 indicators describing government performance. It compares the political and institutional frameworks of government across OECD countries, as well as government revenues, expenditures and employment. It also includes indicators describing government policies and practices in integrity, e-government and open government, and introduces several composite indexes summarising key aspects of public management practices in human resource management, budgeting and regulatory management. For each figure, the book provides a dynamic link (StatLink) which directs the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel® format.

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Budget disclosures

Publicly available, comprehensive budget documentation can make it easier for the public to understand fiscal policies and government priorities. Budget disclosures can contribute to fiscal discipline, the effective allocation of resources and operational efficiency. They can enable governments to be held accountable for producing realistic and sustainable budgets, and for the social and economic impact of planned policy measures. Because the availability of information within the budget document does not necessarily assure its accuracy, citizens and legislators must use the information to hold the government accountable for achieving better budget outcomes.

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