OECD Journal on Budgeting

The OECD journal on public sector budgeting, published three times per year. It draws on the best of the recent work of the OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO), as well as special contributions from finance ministries, and makes it available to a wider community in an accessible format. The journal provides insight on leading-edge institutional arrangements, systems and instruments for the allocation and management of resources in the public sector. Now published as a part of the OECD Journal subscription package.

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Signposting the zoo

From Agencification to a More Principled Choice of Government Organisational Forms

This paper originated with the discussions at the experts meetings at the OECD for PUMA’s Distributed Public Governance (Agencies and Authorities) Project. These suggested that the quite structured systems of classification of government organisations in continental countries like Germany could equally be applied to the range of similar bodies in English-speaking countries like New Zealand. Cross-country dialogue has been hampered by the lack of a common language and classification to compare agencies and authorities across jurisdictions. In particular the term "agency" has quite different, but quite precise, legally defined meanings in different jurisdictions.

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