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Government for a New Age by Michel Khoury, Rabih Abouchakra

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5

Creating agile machinery

Government is expensive. The average spending by OECD governments is around 45 per cent of GDP.50 Add a mix of factors, such as growing populations, rising unemployment, low economic growth, diminishing tax receipts and the expense of funding an increasing debt burden, and the cost of providing public services over the long term begins to look highly challenging, and perhaps unsustainable in many countries. Many countries, even those with comparatively low levels of government spending, are under pressure to be more efficient and productive; doing more with less is the mantra of our governmental times. Organizational agility, networking, innovation and technology are the most persuasive solutions.

Of course, efforts ...

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