Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2020

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This third edition of Government at a Glance Latin America and the Caribbean provides the latest available evidence on public administrations and their performance in the LAC region and compares it to OECD countries. This publication includes indicators on public finances and economics, public employment, centres of government, regulatory governance, open government data, public sector integrity, public procurement and for the first time core government results (e.g. trust, inequality reduction). Governance indicators are especially useful for monitoring and benchmarking governments' progress in their public sector reforms. Each indicator in the publication is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of graphs and/or charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings of the data, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

English Also available in: Spanish, Portuguese

Flexibility to restructure the public workforce

Due to the ever-changing environment in which governments operate, challenges that require new policy responses arise constantly, which require a flexible public administration that is able to adapt. Therefore, the public sector as an employer, and public sector managers in individual institutions, should be able to make changes to the composition and size of the workforce when needed (i.e. due to poor performance, a fiscal crisis, etc.). Having mechanisms that enable such flexibility – based on reasonable justifications – and effectively using them when needed, are key to ensure the effectiveness of policies and the efficient use of public resources. In the context of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, such flexibility needs to be balanced with safeguards against workforce decisions based on political considerations.

English Also available in: Spanish, Portuguese



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