Policy Briefs

  • 26-April-2018

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    Policy Highlights - Lagging Regions

    This document summarises the key findings of the report "Productivity and Jobs in a Globalised World: (How) Can All Regions Benefit?"

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  • 28-February-2017

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    Portugal policy brief: Public governance an effective and accountable public sector at national and local levels

    Portugal has shown a strong commitment towards a more effective and efficient public sector. However, the country should deepen its efforts to digitally transform its public sector by ensuring that data is used to build public sector intelligence as well as identifying and developing the current and future skills for a digitally-agile civil service.

  • 24-November-2016


    Northern Sparsely Populated Areas

    The northern sparsely populated areas (NSPA) of Finland, Norway and Sweden are becoming increasingly important to the geopolitical and economic interests of these countries and the European Union (EU). The report sets out policy recommendations at a cross-border, national and regional scale to enhance prosperity and well-being across the NSPA.

  • 30-April-2016

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    Hungary Policy Brief: More Evidence-based Policymaking for Better Results

    In 2010, the Hungarian government started an ambitious public sector reform programme with the aim of modernising its public administration and improve access, responsiveness and quality of public services.

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  • 29-February-2016

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    Costa Rica Policy Brief: Improving Institutional Arrangements for Better Service Delivery

    Fragmentation is putting pressure on the effectiveness of the country’s governance mechanisms and service delivery capacity, further aggravated by limited steering and coordination capacity.

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  • 30-November-2015

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    Brazil Policy Brief: Strengthening Integrity for Sustainable Growth

    The economic impact of corruption in Brazil, South America’s largest economy, is significant not only nationally but also regionally. However, there are elements that point to an improving situation.

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  • 30-November-2015

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    Brazil Policy Brief: Improving the Effectiveness of Public Spending

    Brazil has made significant progress in building a reputation for sound fiscal policy since it passed the Fiscal Responsibility Law in 2000. In recent years, however, the fiscal situation has become more difficult as public spending and gross debt have risen.

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  • 30-November-2014

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    India Policy Brief: The Digital Government Imperative

    India adopted a broad-based strategic approach to e-government in 2006 through the National E-Governance Plan. The plan set out key priority areas such as the creation of shared data and service centres. However, these changes have so far had little effect on overall governance and citizens’ quality of life.

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  • 22-September-2014

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    Policy Brief: Fighting Bribery in International Business

    Bribery is a threat to good governance, sustainable economic development, democracy and people’s welfare. The corrosive effects of bribery can spread across borders, affecting economies and societies everywhere. The ability to address bribery, both domestically and internationally, is impaired by a lack of transparency, accountability and integrity in the public and private sectors.

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  • 2-July-2013


    Choosing fiscal consolidation instruments compatible with growth and equity

    This study proposes a structured approach to selecting instruments of fiscal consolidation that are consistent with growth, equity and global-rebalancing objectives, which is then illustrated with a particular application.

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