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Society at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014

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This is the third edition of Society at a Glance Asia/Pacific, a regularly updated OECD overview of social indicators, which addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. This report starts with an introductory chapter providing a guide to help readers understanding the OECD Social Indicator framework. Chapters 2 and three are special thematic chapters to address two increasingly topical issues in the social debate: Gender Equality in Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship and Social Protection Expenditure.

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Voting

A high voter turnout is a sign that a country’s political system enjoys a strong degree of participation. Voter turnout rates vary hugely across the region (, Panel A). Over eight in every ten people turn out to vote in parliamentary elections in Viet Nam, Papua New Guinea, and Lao PDR, compared to less than one in every two people in Azerbaijan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Pakistan, the three lowest turnouts in the region. In all other countries for which there is data on voting turnout in parliamentary elections, more than half of the eligible population votes.

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