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Red tape is burdensome to companies, inhibits entrepreneurship, and reduces competitiveness. This study of the Netherlands is the first OECD review of a national programme for administrative simplification.
Red tape is burdensome to companies, inhibits entrepreneurship, and reduces competitiveness.
OECD Territorial Reviews: Madrid, Spain, aims to provide a detailed diagnosis and solutions for improving the competitiveness governance of the Madrid metropolitan area.
An ageing population creates immediate pressures for changes in both service delivery and in human resources management in government. This report reviews strategies to address these pressing issues and provides a snapshot of ageing policies and actions in nine OECD countries.
Despite France’s previously well deserved reputation as a highly centralised state, a significant number of responsibilities have been devolved to regional and local government over the past two decades. The process has not been easy, as is discussed in this working paper.
Reducing poverty and social exclusion is an important objective for all French governments. Even though conventionally measured poverty is in fact lower than in most other countries, it is still higher than can be easily accepted.
The OECD conferenceGlobally Competitive, Locally Engaged - Higher Education and RegionsInternational Conference, took place on 9-21 September 2007 in Valencia, Spain.
This working paper looks at how to shift the policy focus towards reconciling work and family life. Reasons for under-provision in childcare by local governments are discussed and recommendations for further central-government intervention to improve supply are made.
This working paper looks at the challenges facing Hungary's counties and municipalities in modernising local infrastructures as well as dealing with cutbacks to administrative overheads and tough decisions in public services.
"OECD Territorial Reviews: Germany" discusses the challenges and opportunities of German rural areas. It will be of interest to policy makers, researchers, NGOs and others active in rural development.