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

Trust in government

Trust is defined as a person’s belief that another person or institution will act consistently with their expectations of positive behaviour (OECD, 2017a). Trust is one of the most important foundations upon which the legitimacy and sustainability of a political system is built and is key for ensuring compliance with regulations and the tax system. Trust in government is essential for social cohesion and well-being as it affects government’s ability to implement reforms. Consequently, it is necessary for the fair and effective functioning of public institutions. There is consensus in the academic literature that trust influences the relationship between people and their government and has an impact on the outcomes of public policy (OECD, 2017b).

English Also available in: Portuguese, Spanish


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