Government at a Glance - yearly updates
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Most of the data in Government at a Glance have been compiled by the OECD. However, data are also drawn from other International organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Eurostat. More information can be found in the Readers's guide and Structure and Indicators of the Government at a Glance publication.

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National accounts: data on public finance and economics were extracted on 11 May 2021 and data on general government employment were extracted on 12 April 2021.

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Government at a Glance provides a dashboard of indicators assembled to help decision makers and the public analyse and benchmark governments across OECD members and partner countries.
This dataset represents a selection of indicators as presented in the 2021 edition of the Government at a Glance publication. The Structure and indicators section of the Government at a Glance publication, describes its objective, framework and the structure by chapters, as well as the changes compared to the previous 2019 edition and the future challenges.
The 2021 edition includes indicators on public finances and public employment, the latter with a special focus on the representation of different gender and age groups in public administrations and the political sphere. Data on government processes include budgeting practices, strategic human resources management, regulatory policy, public procurement, digital government, and responsibilities of centres of government including on public communication. New process indicators for this edition cover public sector integrity, infrastructure governance, and open government. Indicators of government results include trust in public institutions, political efficacy, inequality reduction, and measures of access to, responsiveness, quality of, and citizen satisfaction with education, health and justice sectors. Governance indicators are especially useful for monitoring and benchmarking governments’ progress in their public sector reforms.
Further information on Government at a Glance 2021 edition, which include also the publication of qualitative data via a dedicated web platform as well as Country fact sheets (i.e. key data by country) and Country contextual notes (i.e. key features of the political and administrative structures by country), can be found at:

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Government at a Glance - yearly updatesContact person/organisation

Gov.Contact@oecd.org

Data source(s) used

Most of the data in Government at a Glance have been compiled by the OECD. However, data are also drawn from other International organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Eurostat. More information can be found in the Readers's guide and Structure and Indicators of the Government at a Glance publication.

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Annual data

Date last updated

National accounts: data on public finance and economics were extracted on 11 May 2021 and data on general government employment were extracted on 12 April 2021.

Other data characteristics

Government at a Glance provides a dashboard of indicators assembled to help decision makers and the public analyse and benchmark governments across OECD members and partner countries.
This dataset represents a selection of indicators as presented in the 2021 edition of the Government at a Glance publication. The Structure and indicators section of the Government at a Glance publication, describes its objective, framework and the structure by chapters, as well as the changes compared to the previous 2019 edition and the future challenges.
The 2021 edition includes indicators on public finances and public employment, the latter with a special focus on the representation of different gender and age groups in public administrations and the political sphere. Data on government processes include budgeting practices, strategic human resources management, regulatory policy, public procurement, digital government, and responsibilities of centres of government including on public communication. New process indicators for this edition cover public sector integrity, infrastructure governance, and open government. Indicators of government results include trust in public institutions, political efficacy, inequality reduction, and measures of access to, responsiveness, quality of, and citizen satisfaction with education, health and justice sectors. Governance indicators are especially useful for monitoring and benchmarking governments’ progress in their public sector reforms.
Further information on Government at a Glance 2021 edition, which include also the publication of qualitative data via a dedicated web platform as well as Country fact sheets (i.e. key data by country) and Country contextual notes (i.e. key features of the political and administrative structures by country), can be found at:

Government at a Glance websitehttp://www.oecd.org/gov/govataglance.htm
Classification(s) used

Government at a Glance indicators use, in principle, a common set of concepts, definitions and classifications according to the different subjects. This is done by the use of international frameworks, and its compilation procedures, such as the pillars SNA (System of National Accounts), the ILO definitions and classifications and the UN COFOG. In addition, in some indicators OECD instruments have been established regarding for example the Regulatory governance (Principles for Regulatory Quality and Performance), Public Procurement (Principles for Integrity in Public Procurement) and Budgetary institutional features in terms of Public-Private Partnerships (Principles for Public governance of PPPs). Proper metadata and references are shown alongside with the indicators in the publication.

Government at a Glance publicationhttps://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/governance/government-at-a-glance-2021_1c258f55-en