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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Ex post evaluation and administrative simplification

There is a fundamental value in assessing the effectiveness of regulation once it is in force. It is only after implementation that the effects and impacts of regulations can be fully assessed, including direct and indirect incidence and unintended consequences. Regulations may also become outdated as the result of a change in societal preferences or technological advancement. Consequently, regular reviews are needed to ensure that regulations are still necessary, relevant and fit for purpose. Evaluation of regulations is mainly carried out ex ante through the Regulatory Impact Assessment process while ex post evaluation remains the least developed of the regulatory tools. Administrative simplification, on the contrary, has been widely used both in OECD and LAC countries. It encompasses the reduction of administrative requirements to comply with regulation and moves from a simple review of norms to the quantification of the administrative burdens and better targeting of the simplification efforts.

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