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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Performance-oriented budgeting

In the current economic environment in particular, OECD member countries are under pressure to improve government efficiency and effectiveness while controlling expenditures. While all OECD member countries are developing information to assess their government’s performance, there is a wide variation in the type of information produced and the extent of coverage. Formal performance information refers to both performance measures (outputs and/or outcomes) and evaluations. Objective performance information can contribute to better decisions on resource use and programme management. For example, performance information can help to identify programmes that are working and those that are not, enabling managers to improve poor-performing programmes. However, it is important to note that implementing a performance budgeting system requires good quality data.

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