Government at a Glance: Western Balkans

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Government at a Glance: Western Balkans presents information on public governance in the Western Balkan region – covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia, and compares it to OECD and OECD-EU countries. This first regional edition features 40 indicators on public finance, public employment, centre of government, budgeting practices and procedures, human resources management, public procurement, digital government, core government results and serving citizens. Governance indicators provide important benchmarks on public administration systems, practices and performance. Indicators are presented in a user-friendly format using charts, with brief descriptive analyses of the major findings, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.


The rule of law

The foundation of democratic systems is based on the idea that everyone including the government is equal before the law (i.e. the rule of law). The concept is implemented in practice through a set of laws and regulations, enshrined in codes and procedures that ensure basic rights and provide equal access to justice. These underpinnings also guarantee predictability, reliability and accountability of the legal system. The Rule of Law (RoL) is considered a key element of good public governance as it is an essential prerequisite for maintaining peace and order, guaranteeing the continuous provision of public goods and services, seeking the effective control of corruption and promoting economic development.



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