This second edition of Government at a Glance almost doubles the number of available indicators of OECD governments’ performance, to nearly 60.
The indicators compare the political and institutional frameworks of government across OECD countries as well as government revenues and expenditures, employment, and compensation.
This publication provides evidence for policy makers by measuring the performance of governments in a comparative perspective. This also allows countries to benchmark their performance against other countries.
There are also indicators describing government policies and practices on integrity, e-government and open government, and introduce several composite indexes summarising key aspects of public management practices in human resources management, budgeting, procurement, and regulatory management.
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Over 50 indicators comparing the political and institutional frameworks of member and some non-member governments with other OECD countries as well as government revenues and expenditures, employment, and compensation.
Chapter I. Leveraged Governance: Avoiding Fracture and Getting Results
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Chapter II. Fiscal Consolidation: The Need for Evidence-Based Decision Making
Chapter III. Public Finance and Economics
1. General government revenues 2. Structure of general government revenues 3. Revenue structure by level of government 4. General government expenditures 5. Structure of general government expenditures (by COFOG function) 6. Expenditure structure by level of government 7. General government expenditures by type 8. Production costs in general government 9. General government investment 10. Final consumption of goods and services by government and households 11. Size of general government financial assets and liabilities 12. General government deficits/surpluses 13. General government debt 14. Special feature: Governments' role in R&D
Chapter IV. Strategic Foresight and Leadership
15. Fiscal sustainability 16. Strategic human resource management 17. Senior civil service 18. Political influence in senior staffing 19. Strategic decision making: ministerial advisors 20. E-government strategies
Chapter V. Employment in General Government and Public Corporations
21. Employment in general government and public corporations 22. General government employment across levels of government 23. Ageing central government workforce 24. Special feature: Public workforce restructuring
Chapter VI. Compensation in Selected Public Sector Occupations
25. Teachers’ salaries 26. Doctors’ and nurses’ salaries 27. Compensation of senior management in central government 28. Compensation of middle management in central government 29. Compensation of professionals in central government 30. Compensation of administrative/secretarial staff in central government
Chapter VII. Human Resources Management Practices
31. Delegation in human resource management 32. Staff performance management 33. Industrial relations in central government 34. Working conditions in central government
Chapter VIII. Transparency in Governance
35. Legislative capacity to ensure transparency in the budget process 36. Scope of freedom of information laws 37. Ease of filing a request for public information 38. Proactive disclosure of information 39. Conflict-of-interest disclosure by top decision makers
Chapter IX. Public Procurement
40. Size of public procurement market 41. Transparency in public procurement 42. E-procurement 43. Special feature: Green procurement
Chapter X. Regulatory Governance
44. Regulatory institutional frameworks and oversight 45. Improving the transparency of regulations 46. Preparing for effective compliance and enforcement of regulations 47. Evaluating regulatory performance
Chapter XI. Ways of Delivering Public Services
48. Government outsourcing 49. Uptake of e-government services 50. Special feature: Partnering with citizens in service delivery
Chapter XII. Government Performance Indicators from Selected Sectors
51. Greater fairness through selected government policies 52. Equity in access to education 53. Education outputs 54. Education outcomes 55. Equity in access to health care 56. Health outputs and output-based efficiency measures 57. Health outcomes and expenditure 58. Efficiency of tax administrations