Government at a Glance 2019 provides reliable, internationally comparative data on government activities and their results in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, the Russian Federation and South Africa. In many public governance areas, it is the only available source of data. It includes input, process, output and outcome indicators as well as contextual information for each country.The 2019 edition includes input indicators on public finance and employment; while processes include data on institutions, budgeting practices and procedures, human resources management, regulatory government, public procurement and digital government and open data.

Outcomes cover core government results (e.g. trust, inequality reduction) and indicators on access, responsiveness, quality and citizen satisfaction for the education, health and justice sectors. Governance indicators are especially useful for monitoring and benchmarking governments’ progress in their public sector reforms. Each indicator in the publication is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of graphs and/or charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

Key findings:

  • Persistently high debt levels reduce governments’ ability to react to economic shocks
  • While public employment has been generally steady over time, not all public employees are treated equally
  • A growing number of countries are pursuing budget practices that focus on the impact of budgetary decisions on key population groups and policy areas
  • Stakeholder consultation on draft laws and regulations is widespread in OECD countries, yet it usually occurs late in the process and stakeholders are seldom provided with feedback about the impact of their comments
  • Governments are increasingly using public procurement to advance sustainability goals
  • OECD countries continue to show progress in making data from public bodies available to all in open, free and accessible formats
  • While trust in government has returned to pre-crisis levels, people’s sense of political efficacy remains low
  • On average, citizen satisfaction with health and education and confidence in the judiciary have slightly increased in the OECD, but inequalities persist among population groups
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