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Government at a Glance 2017

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Government at a Glance 2017 provides the latest available data on public administrations in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, and South Africa. This edition contains new indicators on public sector emploympent, institutions, budgeting practices and procedures, regulatory governance, risk management and communication, open government data and public sector innovation. This edition also includes for the first time a number of scorecards comparing the level of access, responsiveness and quality of services in three key areas: health care, education and justice.

Each indicator in the publication is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of graphs and/or charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. A database containing qualitative and quantitative indicators on government is available on line. It is updated twice a year as new data are released.

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Applying behavioural insights to policy design and delivery

Behavioural insights (BI) aim to improve the welfare of citizens and consumers through policies and regulations that are formed based on studies, derived using experiments and observation. BI is about taking an evidence-based approach to policy making, empirically testing different approaches to solving issues and problems before considering their implementation. By using a mix of traditional economic strategies and insights from psychology, cognitive science and other social sciences, it identifies patterns of behaviour that replace and challenge established assumptions on what is thought to be rational behaviour.

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