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Government at a Glance 2011

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This second edition of Government at a Glance more than doubles the number of available indicators of OECD governments’ performance. The indicators compare the political and institutional frameworks of government across OECD countries as well as government revenues and expenditures, employment, and compensation. They also include indicators describing government policies and practices on integrity, e-government and open government, and introduce several composite indexes summarising key aspects of public management practices in human resources management, budgeting, procurement, and regulatory management. For each figure, the book provides a dynamic link (StatLink) which direct the user to a web page where corresponding data are available in Excel® format. The report also offers two special chapters, on leveraged governance and on the policy implications of fiscal consolidation.

The 58 data sets of member and partner countries in this 2011 edition of Government at a Glance include the first ever international comparison of public sector pay for selected professions and public service occupations, which points to a fairly egalitarian pay structure in the public sector;  estimations of country-specific fiscal consolidation requirements, which have been found to be large in many countries; the level of disclosure of private interests in the three branches of government; and  the implementation gap of Open Government policies to promote transparency, efficiency and trust.

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E-government strategies

In the aftermath of the crisis, tough austerity initiatives have spurred many OECD governments to rethink their e-government priorities and boost e-government’s strategic role in supporting the recovery. E-government is seen more than ever as at the core of public sector reforms, and policy makers consider it as a pivotal policy tool to enable governments to do more with less. As such, national e-government strategies aim to exploit new efficiencies, create more effective ways of working and improve productivity within the public sector. The implementation of e-government initiatives can be a reflection of a government’s capacity for strategic foresight and leadership, as successful execution of these large-scale initiatives requires that the public administration co-ordinate various stakeholders across a wide breadth of administrative silos.

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