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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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Regulatory Impact Assessment

Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) is a key policy tool that provides decision makers with detailed information about the potential effects of regulatory measures on the economy, environment and social arrangements. It is therefore a core tool for evidence-based policy making. It is defined as the systematic process of identification and quantification of benefits and costs likely to flow from regulatory or non-regulatory options for a policy under consideration. By strengthening the transparency of regulatory decisions and their justification, RIA may also bolster the credibility of regulatory responses and increase public trust in regulatory institutions and policy makers. The use of RIA has expanded over the past 30 years to become universal across OECD member countries; however, there is no single model that is followed in implementing this regulatory policy tool. The design and evolution of RIA systems has taken into account the institutional, social, cultural and legal context of the relevant country or jurisdiction.

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