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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Revenue structure by level of government

Government revenues are collected by central, state and local governments depending on the degree of fiscal federalism in a country. Together with other types of revenues, tax levying is also carried out by all levels of government depending on the economic nature and type of tax base, administrative advantages and allocation autonomy. However, in many countries there are legislative limits on the ability of sub-central governments to set their own local tax bases, rates and reliefs thereby reducing their power to generate their own revenue sources and, potentially, their ability to provide more tailored public goods and services. At the same time, some of these limits aim to reduce tax competition among regions, thereby reducing further inequalities among them.

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