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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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Delegation in human resource management

Public managers are expected to improve the performance of their organisations and the outcome of their activities. As such, they have to work with their staff to encourage, enable and support them in a continuous quest for improved quality and productivity while simultaneously upholding core public sector values. By delegating some authority for HRM to line ministries, departments and agencies, governments aim to increase the ability of public sector managers to adapt working conditions to the business needs of their organisation and to the merits of individual employees. As HRM responsibilities have been delegated to line ministries, the role of the central HRM body has begun to focus more on setting minimum standards and formulating policy rather than implementing them. However, delegation is not without risks, which can include an increased variability of conditions of employment across government organisations, decreased mobility of staff, and difficulties in maintaining shared government values and a whole-ofgovernment perspective.

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