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Government at a Glance 2013

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Government at a Glance 2013 provides readers with a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance. Indicators on government revenues, expenditures, and employment are provided alongside key output and outcome data in the sectors of education and health. Government at a Glance also includes indicators on key governance and public management issues, such as transparency in governance, regulatory governance, new ways in delivering public services and HRM and compensation practices in the public service. While measuring government performance has long been recognized as playing an important role in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the public administration, following the economic crisis and fiscal tightening in many member countries, good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions regarding tough choices and help restore confidence in government institutions.

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Compensation of senior managers

The level of total compensation for senior managers in the public sector is one indicator of the attractiveness of the public sector and of its ability to keep talent for positions with high levels of responsibility in government. Compensation in these positions represents a minimal share of public expenditures, but holds symbolic value as it concerns staff who have a leading role in government policy making and execution and whose appointment is often discretionary.

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