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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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General trends and institutional setting

Regulations are the rules that govern the everyday life of businesses and citizens and one of the key levers by which governments act to promote economic prosperity, enhance welfare and pursue the public interest. To achieve these objectives and ensure regulations are of high quality and fit-for-purpose, a systemic governance framework is needed. In that sense, regulatory policy refers to the set of rules, procedures and institutions by which governments develop, implement and evaluate regulations. Recognising the critical importance of regulatory policy, OECD countries adopted in 2012 the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance, which sets out the instruments and institutions that help governments prepare better new rules and improve existing rules.

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