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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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Special feature: The centre of government's readiness to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2015. They encompass social, environmental and economic goals and call on all countries – upper, middle or low income – to make improvements to the lives of their citizens. Given the breadth and complexity as well as the long-term nature of the SDGs, achieving progress on their implementation requires governments to work across policy areas and levels of government to co-ordinate long-term strategies and implementation actions, and overcome obstacles such as immediate economic and social pressures crowding out longer-term strategic policy initiatives.

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