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Government at a Glance
Latin America and the Caribbean 2014: Towards Innovative Public Financial Management
OECD, Inter-American Development Bank. Published by : OECD Publishing , Publication date:  05 Sep 2014
Pages: 148 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264209473 , OECD Code: 422014091P1
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Latin American and Caribbean Government at a Glance offers a dashboard of more than 30 indicators to help decision makers and citizens analyze and benchmark government performance both within the LAC region and compared to the OECD countries. The publication focuses in four broad areas: budgeting practices; public sector pay and employment; public procurement and public finances. Furthermore, the policy chapter deepens in the budgetary and fiscal innovations which have taken place for the LAC region in the past years.

Despite the fact that the LAC region has not been so badly affected by the recent Global and Financial crisis, the Latin American an Carribbean Government at a Glance argues that governments need to be more inclusive, transparent, receptive and efficient. For that, they need to improve among other budgetary, employment and procurement practices, as well as increase the transparency levels.

Table of contents:

Preface 7
Executive summary 9
Readerís guide  11
Introduction 15
Chapter 1. Fiscal and budget innovations and the commodities boom in LAC: A winning decade? 19
-Introduction 20
-The role of governments in Latin America and the Caribbean 20
-Economic and fiscal volatility in the LAC region and the adoption of innovative fiscal reforms and budgeting practices 26
-What major differences can were observed in the fiscal results of the LAC region after the commodities boom? 34
-Conclusion 38
-Bibliography 39
Chapter 2. Public finance and economics  41
-General government revenues 42
-General government tax revenues 44
-Efficiency of tax administration 46
-General government expenditures 48
-Revenues and expenditures structure by level of government 50
-Government investment spending 52
-General government balance and debt 54
-Special feature: Fiscal revenues from non-renewable natural resources in Latin America 56
Chapter 3. Public employment and pay 59
-Public sector employment 60
-Women in general government 62
-Women in politics 64
-Compensation of senior managers 66
-Compensation of middle managers 68
-Compensation of professionals in central government 70
-Compensation of secretarial staff in central government 72
Chapter 4. Budgeting practices and procedures  75
-Fiscal rules 76
-Medium-term expenditure framework 78
-Executive budget flexibility 80
-Performance budgeting 82
-Budget transparency 84
-Legislative capacity to ensure transparency in the budget process 86
-Earmarked funds 88
-Accounting 90
-Reporting 92
-Internal audit 94
-Public-private partnerships 96
Chapter 5. Public procurement 99
-Public procurement spending 100
-Transparency in procurement 102
-Anti-corruption measures in public procurement 104
-E-procurement 106
-Special feature: Sustainable public procurement 108
Annex A. Methodology and additional notes on compensation of government employees 111
Annex B. Composite indexes budget practices 117
Annex C. Contextual factors 121
Glossary 142

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