Directorate for Public Governance

Government at a Glance 2017

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Published on July 13, 2017

Also available in: French

Government at a Glance 2017 provides the latest available data on public administrations in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, and South Africa. This edition contains new indicators on public sector emploympent, institutions, budgeting practices and procedures, regulatory governance, risk management and communication, open government data and public sector innovation. This edition also includes for the first time a number of scorecards comparing the level of access, responsiveness and quality of services in three key areas: health care, education and justice.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. A database containing qualitative and quantitative indicators on government is available on line. It is updated twice a year as new data are released.

SUMMARIESavailable in 26 languages

English Government at a Glance 2017 (Summary in English)
French Panorama des administrations publiques 2017
Spanish Panorama de las administraciones públicas 2017
German Regierung und Verwaltung auf einen Blick 2017
Japanese 図表でみる政府2017
Italian Uno sguardo sull’amministrazione pubblica 2017
Chinese 2017年政府概览
Czech Pohled na státní správu 2017
Danish Overblik over nøgleindikatorer for offentlige tjenester 2017
Dutch Bestuur in een Oogopslag 2017
Estonian Valitsemine kiirpilgul 2017
Finnish Hallintokatsaus 2017
Greek Η Κυβέρνηση με μια ματιά 2017
Hebrew מבט לממשלה 2017
Hungarian Kormányzati körkép 2017
Icelandic Hagstjórn í hnotskurn 2017
Korean 2017년도 정부부문 개요
Latvian Pārskats par pārvaldību 2017
Norwegian Et blikk på myndighetenes rolle – 2017
Polish Rząd w skrócie 2017
Portuguese Panorama das Administrações Públicas 2017
Russian Панорама государственного управления 2017
Slovak Prehľad verejnej správy v roku 2017
Slovene Pogled na vladanje 2017
Swedish OECD:s översikt över statsförvaltningen 2017
Turkish 2017 Tek Bakışta Devlet


Making globalization work for all requires effective public governance
Government at a Glance: A Lighthouse for our Public Services
Executive summary
Reader's guide
Embracing continuous change in government
Public Finance and Economics16 chapters available
General government fiscal balance
General government net saving
General government structural balance
General government gross debt
Financial net worth of general government
Fiscal balance and debt by level of government
General government revenues
Structure of general government revenues
Revenue structure by level of government
General government expenditures
Structure of general government expenditures by function (COFOG)
Structure of general government expenditures by economic transaction
Expenditures structure by level of government
Government investment spending
Production costs and outsourcing of general government
Special feature: Structure of general government expenditures by functions of social protection and health (COFOG)
Public Employment and Pay12 chapters available
Employment in general government
General government employment across levels of government
Ageing central government workforce
Women in public sector employment
Women in politics
Women in the judiciary
Compensation of senior managers
Compensation of middle managers
Compensation of professionals in central government
Compensation of secretarial staff
Compensation in selected service occupations
Teachers' salaries
Institutions4 chapters available
Special feature: Institutions and practices for protecting regulators from undue influence
Special feature: Policy advisory systems at arm's length from government
Special feature: The centre of government's readiness to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Special feature: The role of international organisations in international regulatory co-operation
Budgeting Practices and Procedures5 chapters available
Performance budgeting
Special feature: Gender budgeting
Spending review
Infrastructure governance
Quality of governments' financial reporting
Human Resources Management6 chapters available
Delegation in human resources management
Staff performance management
Use of separate human resources management practices for senior civil servants
Political influence in senior staffing
Data-informed human resources management
Employee surveys
Public Sector Integrity4 chapters available
Institutional arrangements for public sector integrity systems
Co-ordination mechanisms for implementing integrity policies
Monitoring and evaluating public integrity systems
Internal control and risk management
Regulatory Governance4 chapters available
Stakeholder engagement for developing regulations
Regulatory Impact Assessment
Ex post evaluation of regulation
Applying behavioural insights to policy design and delivery
Public Procurement5 chapters available
Size of public procurement
Strategic public procurement
Central purchasing bodies
Procurement and the delivery of infrastructure projects
Open Government5 chapters available
Open government strategies and objectives
Open government co-ordination and human resource management
Monitoring and evaluation of open government strategies
Citizen participation in policy making
Open Government Data
Public Sector Innovation and Digital Government4 chapters available
Innovation in human resource management strategies and programmes
Supporting structures for public sector innovation
Funding mechanisms for public sector innovation
Digital transformation of public service delivery
Risk Management and Communication3 chapters available
Socio-economic impacts of disasters in OECD countries
Governance of critical risks
Trends in communicating risks
Core Government Results5 chapters available
Trust in government
Redistribution of income
Rule of law
Public sector efficiency
Public sector cost effectiveness
Serving Citizens11 chapters available
Serving Citizens Scorecards
Citizen satisfaction with public services and institutions
Financial and geographic access to care
Financial access to education
Access to legal and justice services
Responsiveness of health systems to patient needs
Responsiveness of education systems to student needs
Timeliness of civil justice services
Quality of health care
Student performance and equity in education
Effectiveness and fairness of judicial systems
Annexes8 chapters available
Reporting systems and sources of the countries for government in the National Accounts statistics
Methodology for revenue aggregates
Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG)
Methodology and Additional Notes on Compensation of Government Employees
Methodology for composite indexes on public practices and procedures
Additional figures accessible online
Members of the steering group
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