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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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Open government strategies and objectives

Countries are acknowledging the role of open government reforms as catalysts for democracy, inclusive growth and more efficient public governance. The open government principles of transparency, accountability and participation have the potential to change the relationship between public officials and citizens, making it more dynamic, mutually beneficial and based on reciprocal trust. If implemented in a well co-ordinated manner, open government reforms can provide a tool to achieve broader policy objectives, rather than being an end in themselves. In the Report Open Government: The Global Context and the Way Forward, the OECD has updated its definition of open government as “a culture of governance based on innovative and sustainable public policies and practices inspired by the principles of transparency, accountability, and participation that fosters democracy and inclusive growth.”

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