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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Evaluating regulatory performance

Evaluation is core to evidence-based and accountable policy making. It helps to ensure that the policy aims of regulations are met, while maximising benefits and minimising costs. Regulatory impact analysis (RIA) is a systematic policy tool used to examine and measure the likely benefits, costs and effects of new or existing regulation. If undertaken ex ante, RIA assists decision makers to choose among the best alternative policy options. Conducted ex post, RIA helps to identify whether existing regulations should be revised. Cost-benefit analysis informs both the ex ante and ex post evaluation of a regulation and its alternatives. Consideration is best given early in the policy cycle to the criteria for ex post evaluation, including whether the objectives of the regulation are clear and what data will be used to measure performance, as well as the allocation of institutional responsibilities for review and evaluation.

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