Background Reading


OECD Publications


Modernising Government: the way forward

Public sector modernisation is no longer an option, but a necessity.  It will help governments respond to changing societal needs and maintain competitiveness in an uncertain international environment.


This book takes stock of the past two decades of public sector modernisation in OECD countries.  The past twenty years have witnessed an influx of new ideas and initiatives.  Have these worked in practice?  This report assesses successes and failures and identifies the challenges ahead. 




OECD Policy Briefs


Public Sector Modernisation Series

The OECD Policy Briefs Public Sector Modernisation series provide background thinking on selected goals and institutional arrangements available to governments seeking to adapt their public sectors to the changing needs of society.




Additional Reading for Selected Working Groups


Working Group 1: Regulatory Reform, Administrative Simplification and the Public and Private Interface

The documents presented below provide initial background reading for the topics discussed during this specific working group.



Working Group 4: Improving citizen-government interface

The document presented below is the result of a joint OECD-World Bank stocktaking exercise of social accountability initiatives in OECD member countries.


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