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Value for Money in Government: Denmark 2011

  • ID: 2037445
  • December 2011
  • Region: Denmark
  • 152 Pages
  • OECD Publishing

This report presents the results of an assessment of the organisation of the central government of Denmark. The study looks at reforms that are aimed at improving the quality of services (more value) and efficiency (less money) in central government. Starting with facts and quantitative benchmarks on the Danish central government, the study reviews recent reforms in Denmark, and makes recommendations in ten selected areas. The study concludes with a survey of the effects on the quality of services and the potential savings.

This assessment is based on an inventory of some 70 reforms and reform trends concerning the organisation of central government currently undertaken or planned in OECD member countries. These reforms and reform trends will be presented in the final report of the Value for Money iGovernment series.

Executive Summary

Chapter 1. Introduction
-The study on value for money in government
-Variety of institutions, common language
-Building on basics
-Contents of the assessment

Chapter 2. Benchmarks for the Danish central government
-Basic features
-General government employment
-General government expenditures
-General government revenues

Chapter 3. Overview of previous Danish reforms

Chapter 4. Areas of current reform and recommendations
-Ten priorities for reform
-Reform 1: Strengthening the role of core ministries in policy development
-Reform 2: Sharing process units among municipalities in the execution of government mandated tasks
-Reform 3: Rationalising unemployment funds
-Reform 4: Independent competition authority
-Reform 5: Streamlining operational management
-Reform 6: Revising the budget classification
-Reform 7: Strengthening the medium-term expenditure framework
-Reform 8: Strengthening the spending review procedure
-Reform 9: Focus of internal audit on risk management; strict separation from external audit
-Reform 10: Separating the financing of agencies from steering and control of outputs
-Survey of effects of reforms

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