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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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Structure of general government expenditures (by COFOG function)

Governments spend money on a broad array of goods and services, from providing childcare to building bridges or subsidising alternative energy sources. International commitments to mutual policy goals can also influence the structure of expenditures; such is the case with OECD-EU member countries and their common goals towards economic growth, agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and research and development, among others.

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