Lobbying can improve policy making by providing valuable insights and data, but it can also result in unfair advantages for vested interests if the process is opaque and standards are lax. Lobbying is resource intensive. The financial services sector in the United States spent USD 3.4 billion lobbying the federal government between 1998 and 2008, principally promoting the deregulation of the financial sector. Legions of lobbyists provide “guns for hire” worldwide. In 2008, there were over 5 000 registered lobbyists in Canada at the national level, while the European Commission in Brussels had over 2 000 registered as of August 2009.
This report reviews the experiences of Australia, Canada, Hungary, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States with government regulations designed to increase scrutiny for lobbying and lobbyists. Current approaches, models, trends and state-of-the-art solutions are examined to support a deeper understanding of the potential and limitations of existing norms. The report also presents building blocks for developing a framework for lobbying that meets public expectations for transparency, accountability and integrity
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This country note, based on the new biennial publication Government at a glance, provides indicators describing key elements underlying government structure and performance of Poland, from the perspective of revenues, expenditures and employment.
Under the work programme with Middle East and North African countries (MENA), the second meeting of the OECD-MENA Senior Budget Officials network was held in Doha, Qatar, 4-5 November 2009, hosted by the Qatari authorities.
A symposium was held on 6 November 2009 to discuss strategic directions for the future of regulatory reform. Current and emerging regulatory policy challenges are truly global.
The review proposes a new sustainable competitiveness agenda to enhance productivity in Toronto. This agenda could focus on innovation, cultural diversity and infrastructure; and apply a green lens to policies.
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This country note, based on the new biennial publication Government at a glance, provides indicators describing key elements underlying government structure and performance of France, from the perspective of revenues, expenditures and employment.
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Government at a Glance quiz 2009
This report boradly describes the shift in governments' focus on e-government development – from a government-centric to a user-centric approach. It gives a comprehensive overview of challenges to user take-up of e-government services in OECD countries and ways of improving them.
Mexico introduced the one-stop shop "tuempresa.gob.mx" to simplify administrative procedures to start-up a business in Mexico and to facilitate better interaction between individuals and the goverment.