The Call for Innovative and Open Government

An Overview of Country Initiatives

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This report presents an overview of country initiatives concerning efficient, effective public services and open and innovative government. It focuses on four core issues:  delivery of public services in times of fiscal consolidation; a more effective and performance-oriented public service; promotion of open and transparent government; and strategies for implementation of a reform agenda.  These issues were discussed at the OECD Public Governance Ministerial Meeting held in Venice, Italy, in November 2010, hosted by the Italian Ministry for Public Administration and Innovation.




During the economic crisis, Sweden was able to combine limited deficits in public finances with significant fiscal stimuli, including temporary transfers to local governments (see below) in order for them to maintain their levels of service delivery despite sharply decreasing tax revenues at the local level. The ability to maintain surpluses during the good pre-crisis years made this possible; the existence of a well-defined national fiscal policy framework, combined with a strong political commitment, has been essential.


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