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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Socio-economic impacts of disasters in OECD countries

OECD member countries have been significantly affected by disasters over the past decades, with increasing economic impacts. Disasters may arise from natural hazards, pandemics, major industrial or technological accidents, and malicious acts. In the last 30 years, the number of disasters has increased from around 100 to more than 300 each year across OECD member countries, causing hundreds of billions of US dollars in annual losses. The immediate consequences are visible in terms of human lives lost and destruction of capital stock, and longer term impacts accrue due to disruptions in economic flows. Large critical infrastructure can also be at risk, with devastating impacts as witnessed in the aftermath of the great east japan earthquake in 2011. Such large-scale disasters have led countries to strengthen risk governance policies by including a broader set of stakeholders and communities in the identification and assessment of risks as well as the implementation of measures that increase resilience at national and sub-national levels.

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