OECD releases Government at a Glance 2017 report: India tops OECD list of countries

Jul 14, 2017 13:34 IST

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on 13 July 2017 released the Government at a Glance 2017 report. The report presents an index of countries that trust their governments the most.

The topmost rank in the global index is secured by India as around 73 per cent people have faith in Narendra Modi government.

With 73 per cent India is ranked firmly at the top, followed by Canada in second position as Justin Trudeau's government earned the confidence of 62 per cent of its people. The other three players in the top 5 are Turkey, Russia and Germany.

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Highlights of the Government at a Glance 2017 report

• The report finds that government spending averaged 40.9 per cent of GDP in OECD countries in 2015, up from 38.8 per cent in 2007.

• The number of government jobs as a share of total employment remained at 18.1 per cent in 2015, in comparison to 17.9 per cent in 2007.

• Government spending as a share of GDP is highest in France with 56.5 per cent in 2016 followed by Finland (56.1 per cent) and Denmark (53.6 per cent).  

• Government spending was lowest in 2015 in Mexico (24.5 per cent), Ireland (29.5 per cent) and Korea (32.4 per cent).

• The report also analysed the pay in central government offices. According to its survey, the pay difference between top and middle managers is the highest in Australia, Chile, Canada and the UK.

• Denmark, Norway and Sweden have the highest levels of government employment, at nearly 30 per cent of total employment.

• Asian countries rely less on public sector staff with government jobs making up only 6 per cent of employment in Japan and 7.6 per cent in Korea.

• The most decentralised OECD countries are Switzerland, with over 90 per cent of government staff working at the sub-central level, followed by Canada and Japan.

• The most centralised countries are Turkey and Ireland with around 90 per cent employed at the central level of government.

• The use of spending reviews jumped since the crisis, with 23 OECD countries using them in 2016 against only 16 in 2011.
 
• The share of OECD citizens voicing confidence in their governments fell to 42 per cent in 2016 from 45 per cent in 2007.

• The greatest loss of trust is in Chile, Finland, Greece and Slovenia.

• Over two-thirds of OECD citizens are satisfied with their healthcare and education systems, but only 55 per cent trust the judicial system and courts.

• Women make up 53 per cent of judges in OECD countries with 29 per cent of parliamentarians and 28 per cent of ministers.

• Canada, France, Slovenia and Sweden have gender parity in cabinet posts as of 2017, but women hold only one post in Turkey and zero in Hungary.

• The use of digital government services tripled in OECD countries since 2006, with around 36 per cent of OECD citizens submitting forms via public authorities websites in 2016.

 

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