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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Ex post evaluation of regulation

The evaluation of regulations is essential to ensure that they are relevant and fit for purpose. Only after implementation can the effects and impacts of regulations be fully assessed, including direct, indirect and unintended consequences. Regulations may become outdated as the result of changes, such as in societal preferences or technological advancement. Without review or evaluation processes, red tape and regulatory costs tend to organically grow over time. This complicates the daily life of citizens and impedes the efficient functioning of business. Ex post evaluation should not be considered as the final stage in the life of regulations, but as a deliberate and responsible loop back into the regulatory cycle that provides an understanding of areas for potential improvement and a tool for regulatory planning. Ex post evaluation is also instrumental to increase transparency and accountability of regulatory performance, and hence trust in government action.

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