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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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Public interest disclosure: Whistle-blowing

The risk of corruption is significantly heightened in a secretive environment. Facilitating the reporting of misconduct can substantially help monitor compliance and detect misconduct. OECD member countries are increasingly providing procedures for public officials to “blow the whistle” or raise concerns about suspected misconduct of other public officials and the violation of laws. Whistle-blowing is seen as a manifestation of an open organisational culture where public officials are aware of and have confidence in procedures to report their concerns. It is also seen as a solution to safeguard the public interest in order to maintain confidence in public organisations. Although whistle-blowing has remained a bona fide action to defend the public interest, a few countries, for example Korea, have also introduced financial incentives to facilitate whistle-blowing.

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