Public governance


Government at a Glance 2019

Government at a Glance 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.

Published on November 14, 2019Also available in: French

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SUMMARIESavailable in 10 languages

English Government at a Glance 2019 (Summary in English)
French Panorama des administrations publiques 2019
Spanish Gobierno de un vistazo 2019
German Regierung und Verwaltung auf einen Blick 2019
Japanese 図表で見る世界の行政改革 2019
Italian Uno sguardo sulle amministrazioni pubbliche 2019
Korean 2019년도 정부부문 개요
Portuguese Panorama das Administrações Públicas 2019
Russian Панорама государственного управления 2019
Swedish OECD:s översikt över statsförvaltningen 2019


Combatting disillusionment with governments calls for people-centric public policies and services
Executive summary
Reader’s guide
Towards people-centric public services
Reporting systems and sources of countries for government in the National Accounts Statistics
Methodology for revenue aggregates
Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG)
Classification and definition of occupations
Methodology for composite indexes on Gender Budgeting, Regulatory Policy and Governance, and Open Useful Re-usable data
Additional figures accessible online
Members of the steering group
Public finance and economics15 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 government revenues
General government expenditures
Government expenditures by function (COFOG)
Structure of government expenditures by economic transaction
Revenue and expenditure structure by level of government
Government investment spending
Production costs and outsourcing of general government
Special feature: Government expenditures by functions of social protection and health (COFOG)
Public employment5 chapters available
Employment in general government
General government employment across levels of government
Gender equality in public sector employment
Gender equality in politics
Gender equality in the judiciary
Institutions4 chapters available
Roles and responsibilities of the centres of government
Role of the centre of government in open government
Institutionalisation of policy evaluation systems
Promoting the use of policy evaluations
Budgeting practices and procedures5 chapters available
Capital budgeting and infrastructure
Fiscal risks management
Gender budgeting
Budget transparency
Budgeting for environmental and sustainable development
Human resources management3 chapters available
Employment conditions of civil servants and other public employees
Learning and development in the civil service
Performance management of senior leaders in the public service
Regulatory governance3 chapters available
Stakeholder engagement for developing regulations
Regulatory impact assessment
Ex post evaluation of regulation
Public procurement5 chapters available
Size of public procurement
Strategic public procurement
Digital transformation of public procurement
Public procurement capacity and performance
Managing risks in public procurement
Digital government and open government data5 chapters available
Digital government
Open government data: Enabling policy maturity and sustainability
Data availability: Policy frameworks, stakeholder engagement and data release
Data accessibility: Open, free and accessible formats
Engaging users: Promoting awareness and re-use of open government data
Core government results6 chapters available
Trust in government
Perception of government responsiveness: External political efficacy
Redistribution of income and wealth
Rule of law
Public sector efficiency
Cost effectiveness of public policies
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 special needs
Timeliness of civil justice services
Quality of health care
Student performance and equity in education
Effectiveness and fairness of the justice system
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