OECD Public Integrity Handbook

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The OECD Public Integrity Handbook provides guidance to government, business and civil society on implementing the OECD Recommendation on Public Integrity. The Handbook clarifies what the Recommendation’s thirteen principles mean in practice and identifies challenges in implementing them. The Handbook provides guidance on improving co-operation within government, as well between the national and subnational levels. To build cultures of integrity across government and society, the Handbook details the core elements of a merit-based human resource management system and the key ingredients of open organisational cultures. It also clarifies government’s role in providing guidance to companies, civil society and citizens on upholding public integrity values. Moreover, the Handbook unpacks how to use the risk management process to assess and manage integrity risks, and highlights how to use the enforcement system to ensure real accountability for integrity violations.

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This chapter provides a commentary on the principle of participation contained within the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Public Integrity. Through insights on promoting transparency and open government, it offers guidance on fostering individuals’ right to know and engaging stakeholders throughout the policy-making process. The chapter also looks at key components to avert policy capture, including managing conflict-of-interest situations and promoting transparency in lobbying and the financing of political parties and electoral campaigns. It explores an additional factor to foster participation and accountability, namely setting the standards and practical conditions for a society that includes “watchdog” organisations. Finally the chapter discusses several challenges to participation, including how to develop meaningful stakeholder engagement measures and implement effective revolving door regulations.

English Also available in: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Ukrainian, German

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