The State of Public Finances 2015

Strategies for Budgetary Consolidation and Reform in OECD Countries

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For most countries in the OECD, 2015 is the seventh or eighth year of dealing with the budgetary consequences of the economic and financial crisis. These years have been marked by challenges of fiscal retrenchment of a scale and nature unprecedented in modern times. Previous OECD publications have tracked the fiscal policy responses adopted by OECD governments during the early years of the crisis (2007-2012). This book takes stock of how these responses have evolved and in recent years, up to 2014/15. Two points are apparent from the outset: the response to the crisis has had repercussions for virtually every aspect of budgetary governance; and there are clear lessons for governments about the conduct of fiscal policy – including in its institutional aspects – that should inform future decisions and the agenda of budgetary reform.



Budgetary impacts on human resource management in the public sector

In parallel with the Survey of the State of Public Finances 2015, the OECD has undertaken an analysis of Central Public Administration employment has responded to the impacts of the budgetary crisis and how Civil Service HR trends and practices have been affected by fiscal consolidation over the period 2008-13. Compensation of employees accounted for 23.6% of public expenditures on average across OECD countries in 2013, and it is natural that governments will seek to find economies and efficiencies from this significant block of expenditure as part of a broader strategy of fiscal correction.



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