Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2017

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This second edition of Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean provides the latest available data on public administrations in the LAC region and compares it to OECD countries. It contains new indicators on public finances, centres of government, regulatory governance, open government, digital government and public procurement. This edition also includes a special feature on health budgeting.

After a decade of sustained economic growth reinforced by high commodity prices, economic conditions are deteriorating in the LAC region. In this context, LAC governments are expected to design and deliver more inclusive, transparent  and efficient policies. This report provides policy makers with performance measurements and offers comparative perspective. Good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions and tough choices, in order to  maintain progress and improvements in the region.

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Challenges to implement the open government strategy

The institutional and governance frameworks established to support policy implementation are key to secure results and impacts. Hence policy coordination is a crucial component of policy implementation. Effective coordination is hard to achieve and requires certain elements to be present in order to make it sustainable and suitable. However, while those elements may depend on each government’s specific situation, co-ordination calls for three specific components: policy communication, stakeholder consultation and institutional co-operation. Countries in the LAC region were asked about the main challenges they faced concerning the implementation and more specifically the coordination the open government strategy and initiatives.

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