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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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Revenues and expenditures structure by levels of government

Different levels of government share responsibility for providing public goods and services. Central and sub-central governments (state and local) also vary in terms of their ability to levy taxes and collect social contributions. These differences could be explained by historical, economic, institutional and political factors. Commonly, sub-central governments are responsible for the provision of services and could be considered better equipped than central governments to obtain information on local needs and better placed to tailor public services accordingly.

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