Publications & Documents


  • 28-November-2014

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    Financing Democracy

    People’s faith in government is stagnating at record lows, with citizens questioning their trust in government leaders to make ethical and moral decisions. People increasingly feel that democracy is not working in their favour. A key reason for this is the perception that when it comes to politics, money talks.

  • 28-November-2014

    English

    Lobbying: an opaque activity of dubious integrity? Insights blog

    OECD blog article on the lobbying, written for the launch of the publication "Lobbyists, Government and Public Trust, Volume 3".

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  • 28-November-2014

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    Compact City Policies: Korea

    Report finds that some Korean policies, such as urban regeneration, new town development or multi-modal transferring centres, have implicitly implemented compact city polices to a certain degree. However, there are still issues - including urban sprawl, unbalanced socio-economic levels and environmental challenges - which can be threats to urban competitiveness.

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  • 28-November-2014

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    Resilient Cities

    Resilient cities are cities that have the ability to absorb, recover and prepare for future shocks (economic, environmental, social & institutional). Resilient cities promote sustainable development, well-being and inclusive growth. The OECD is investigating how cities can increase their resilience.

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  • 28-November-2014

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    Compact City Policies: Korea - Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

    This report examines Korea's urban policies and offers customised policy recommendations based on the OECD publication, Compact City Policies (2012). Some Korean policies, such as urban regeneration, new town development or multi-modal transfering centers, have implicitly implemented compact city polices to a certain degree. However, there are still issues - including urban sprawl, unbalanced socio-economic levels and environmental challenges - which can be threats to urban competitiveness. An appropriate set of compact city polices, such as environmental friendly urban regeneration, mixed land use, polices to offset the side effects of compact development, strong management of transport demands, and governance enforcement, can accelerate Korean cities' sustainable development.

  • 27-November-2014

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    Promoting public sector innovation

    Governments need to take a systemic approach in enabling innovation – focusing on the people involved, the information they are using, the ways in which they are working together, as well as the rules and processes which govern their work.

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  • 27-November-2014

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    Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3: Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying

    This report takes stock of progress made in implementing the 2010 Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying. Among the findings of the report is that although there is an emerging consensus on the need for transparency in lobbying, new regulations are often scandal-driven instead of forward looking.

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  • 27-November-2014

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    Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3 - Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying

    This report takes stock of progress made in implementing the 2010 Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying – the only international instrument addressing major risks in the public decision-making process related to lobbying. The review process found that although there is an emerging consensus on the need for transparency to shed light on lobbying, new regulations are often scandal-driven instead of forward looking.

    In countries that have regulations in place, the degree of transparency in lobbying varies considerably across OECD members. Moving forward, it will be essential for countries to focus efforts on the implementation of the Recommendation, in order to strengthen confidence in the public decision-making process and restore trust in government. It will also be crucial to strengthen the implementation of the wider integrity framework, as it is the prime tool for safeguarding transparency and integrity in the decision-making process in general and lobbying practices in particular.

  • 27-November-2014

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    Women in Public Life - Gender, Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

    Public institutions play a critical role in promoting gender-sensitive policies and gender equality more broadly, in the MENA region and around the world. Advancing gender balance in public institutions and public life more generally, including the judiciary, parliaments, and the political executive constitutes a major step towards gender-responsive policies and non-discrimination and serves as a key milestone in promoting gender equality. This report provides a comparative overview of the policies affecting women’s participation in public life across the MENA region. It examines the existing barriers to women’s access to public decision-making positions, and provides a cross-country assessment of current instruments and institutions to advance women’s empowerment in the MENA region. The report undertakes an analysis of the existing legal barriers for gender equality in public life, including with regard to political and economic rights, freedom of movement, labour law, family law, access to justice and gender-based violence and provides focused policy-recommendations to close legal and institutional gaps. The report has been prepared by the OECD, in partnership with Centre for Arab Women Training and Research (CAWTAR) and with the support of the Arab Administrative Development Organisation (ARADO) and covers the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

  • 27-November-2014

    English

    Lobbying

    Lobbying is the worldwide practice of influencing decision making process by special interests. Lobbying provides decision makers with valuable data and insight for more informed decisions and also enables stakeholders’ voices to be heard.

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