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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Transparency is one of the central pillars of effective regulation. Businesses need to be able to fully understand the regulatory environment in which they operate, and to have a voice in regulatory decision making. It is a major challenge to governments to ensure that their regulatory processes take into consideration the views of all groups in society (OECD, 2005). Transparency promotes regulatory quality by incorporating feedback about the design and effects of regulation. It increases the likelihood of compliance by building legitimacy in regulatory proposals and may therefore improve the effect of regulation and reduce the cost of enforcement.

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