Regional development

Multi-level governance, subnational finance and investment

 

Subnational governance and finance matter for regional development

At the global level, subnational governments are key economic and social players. They represent on average in the OECD:

  • 40% of public expenditure
  • 63% of total public staff expenditure
  • 59% of public investment
  • 32% of public tax revenue
  • 20% of public debt

The OECD is the leading international forum on multi-level governance, identifying policy options and recommendations to strengthen subnational capacities and multi-level mechanisms for more effective and inclusive regional development policies.

In 2016, the OECD created the Multi-Level Governance Studies series, focusing on decentralisation reforms, public investment, municipal governance, subnational finance and territorial reforms.

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The OECD is a leading forum on multi-level governance, identifying policy options and recommendations to strengthen subnational capacities.

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The OECD gathers and publishes annually updated data on subnational governments in 35 OECD member countries.

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Our online Toolkit will guide you in implementing the OECD Principles on Effective Public Investment Across Levels of Government.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS 

Cover: Territorial Review Sweden   Multi-level Governance Reforms   Cover: SNGs Around the World   Cover: Subnational data in OECD Countries - Key data 2017
OECD Territorial Reviews: Sweden (2017)   Multi-level Governance Reforms (2017)   Subnational Governments Around the World (2017)   Subnational Governments in OECD Countries (2017

Consult the full list of publications on multi-level governance

 

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