News from the OECD


Regularly updated, this page shows the latest news related to public administration and governance from IIAS partner; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) .


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Rethink regional and city policies for inclusive growth – Chair’s Summary from ministerial meeting

06/12/2013 – Ministers from 25 countries closed their meeting on regions and cities in Marseille, France today with a call on national governments to rethink their territorial development policies in order to create more dynamic and inclusive economic growth and to improve the wellbeing of all citizens regardless of where they live.

Aix-Marseille at the crossroads: Overcoming fragmentation for a stronger metropolitan area

05/12/2013 – The metropolitan region of Aix-Marseille in the south of France needs to tackle its fragmentated governance if it is to return to more inclusive and sustainable economic growth, according to a new OECD report.

Improved multi-level governance key to tackling widening regional inequalities and ensuring inclusive recovery

05/12/2013 – The economic crisis has hit certain regions and cities harder than others in the OECD area, calling for better regional policies across levels of governments to foster an inclusive and sustainable recovery, according to two new OECD reports.

Presenting the reports in Marseille, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said: “One of the most damaging legacies of the global crisis has been widening inequality. Our reports show that where you live can have a major impact on your opportunities and standard of living. We need to zoom in on our nations’ regions and cities to tackle our most pressing challenges”

He added: “Regional, city and local authorities are on the front line to build fairer and more sustainable economic growth. Improving co-ordination and effectiveness of public investment across levels of governments can go a long way to re-establish confidence in the future that our societies need today.”

The OECD’s Regions at a Glance finds several countries hit hard by the crisis – notably Ireland, Greece and Italy (but also Denmark, and the Slovak Republic) experienced a widening gap in GDP per capita between the wealthiest and poorest regions between 2008 and 2010.


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