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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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Political influence in senior staffing

Exerting political influence in senior staffing decisions can stem from the need to ensure responsiveness from the civil service, as well as the need to overcome the challenges posed by complex procedures and (at times) slow-moving bureaucracies or institutions. In times of economic and social crises, for example, greater agility and responsiveness from the civil service may be particularly important in designing and implementing policy decisions quickly and effectively. However, although political influence in senior staffing may help increase strategic agility in government, it can also indicate tendencies towards patronage and favouritism that may undermine good governance.

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