OECD Public Governance Reviews: Czech Republic

Towards a More Modern and Effective Public Administration

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The OECD Public Governance Review of the Czech Republic identifies priority governance areas for reform in the Czech Republic and offers recommendations to strengthen the effectiveness, agility and responsiveness of the country’s public sector. The review first provides a snapshot on the effectiveness of the public administration and its capacity to address contemporary governance challenges, such as digitalisation and climate change. It then analyses a number of critical and priority public governance areas including citizen engagement, centre-of-government-led co-ordination and strategic planning, evidence-informed policy making in the Czech public administration, public administration at the local and regional level, human resources management in the public administration, and digital government. It also includes a case study on governance arrangements and regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The review provides recommendations for the Czech public administration to help it implement its Public Administration Reform Strategy: Client-oriented Public Administration 2030 (PAR), achieve the objectives of the PAR, and, ultimately, realise its longer-term sustainable development vision and commitments.

English Also available in: Czech

Executive Summary

After a period of fast growth, the Czech Republic was hit by the COVID-19 crisis followed by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, as was the case for many OECD member countries. The country is facing as a result a number of headwinds with soaring inflation and cost-of-living, the refugee crisis, concerns around regional inequalities and the need to accelerate its green transition against persistently high carbon emissions. Trust levels in government and in the civil service stand significantly below the OECD average and satisfaction with public services is uneven. Public governance reforms, particularly governance arrangements to address crises and crosscutting challenges such as climate change and digitalisation and on enhancing the efficiency, agility and responsiveness of the public administration at central and local levels are instrumental to restoring trust in government, overcoming the effects of the recent crises and addressing future challenges.

English Also available in: Czech, French

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