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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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Women in politics

Women’s representation in politics is important not only in terms of ensuring gender equality in the political process, but also for bringing attention to important socio-economic issues such as human development, gender-based violence, family-friendly policies, equal pay, pensions, electoral reform and the delivery of services. Yet women still face a glass ceiling blocking their full participation in political life in the legislature and political executive, and remain generally underrepresented in politics.

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