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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Size of public procurement

Public procurement, the purchase of goods, services and works by governments and state-owned enterprises, is increasingly used by governments as a strategic tool to deliver their mandates and achieve broader policy objectives. In addition to conforming to standard principles and existing rules, governments are devoting efforts to increase efficiency and effectiveness of this key government function. From identifying the needs, determining the person or organisation to supply them; to ensuring delivery of purchases, within the agreed timeframe and to the expected quality, public procurement has implications for public sector performance and citizen’s satisfaction. In fact, it is relevant not only for central governments, but also for sub-central governments, as the majority of public procurement spending in the OECD countries (63%) is carried out at this level.

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