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Democracy depends on trust, but many citizens have lost faith in their government’s ability to design and implement fair and effective policies.
The global economic crisis has undermined trust in government. Today only four out of ten citizens in OECD countries say they have confidence in their national authorities. Not surprisingly, trust declined in the countries hit hardest by the crisis, such as Ireland, Greece, Slovenia and Portugal.
Government at a Glance 2013 provides readers with a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance.
This Forum took stock of the key challenges and trends in regulating money in politics; identify emerging risks and opportunities; shape a common understanding of the policy options ahead and trade-offs in enhancing fairness, integrity and transparency in decision making including in the realm of political finance; and mobilise partners to work together and promote synergies in the future agenda.
9th annual meeting of the OECD Senior Budget Officials network on Performance and Results
Berlin, 7-8 November 2013
How to ensure Transparency, Efficiency and Value for Money
Chairman: Christian Kastrop, Director, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany.
Government at a Glance provides policy makers with crucial support as they work to restore public confidence and trust in their institutions with limited means at hand. It provides a wealth of data for countries to benchmark their governments’ performance and measure their progress over time with a view to strengthening and enhancing their policy making.
The 'water crisis' is largely a governance crisis. There is enough water on Earth for all, even in areas where temporary shortages may exist. Managing water for all is not only a question of hydrology and money, but equally a matter of good governance.
Being effective in government depends on navigating a complex multi-layered edifice, with different hierarchies, committees, and reporting structures within departments and ministries, and between national and local authorities. Explaining exactly how intergovernmental relations work is particularly problematic where taxation and public spending is concerned.
The global economic crisis has had a profound impact on people’s well-being, reaching far beyond the loss of jobs and income, and affecting citizens’ satisfaction with their lives and their trust in governments, according to a new OECD report.
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The draft principles provide a concise overview of good practices in budget activity and aim to give practical guidance for designing, implementing and improving budget systems to meet the challenges of the future.