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Government at a Glance

Latin America and the Caribbean 2014: Towards Innovative Public Financial Management

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Latin American and Caribbean Government at a Glance offers a dashboard of more than 30 indicators to help decision makers and citizens analyze and benchmark government performance both within the LAC region and compared to the OECD countries. The publication focuses in four broad areas: budgeting practices; public sector pay and employment; public procurement and public finances. Furthermore, the policy chapter deepens in the budgetary and fiscal innovations which have taken place for the LAC region in the past years.

Despite the fact that the LAC region has not been so badly affected by the recent Global and Financial crisis, the Latin American an Carribbean Government at a Glance argues that governments need to be more inclusive, transparent, receptive and efficient. For that, they need to improve among other budgetary, employment and procurement practices, as well as increase the transparency levels.

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Revenues and expenditures structure by level of government

Central, state and local governments vary in terms of their ability to levy taxes and collect social contributions, depending on economic, institutional and social factors. Different government levels also share responsibility for financing public goods and services. Greater flexibility might promote economic efficiency as local governments would have better information about the needs and preferences of the population, and thus could better tailor services. Additionally, local-level service provision could strengthen sub-national governments’ fiscal responsibilities.

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