Democratic governance faces unprecedented challenges across the OECD world and beyond. Enormous strains will be placed on states' resources and their governing capacities to deal with the combined effects of the financial crisis, climate change, and demographic change. The basic foundations of established 'statehood' will be tested. At the same time, the architecture of the state has fundamentally changed over the past three decades. The Governance Report
2014 questions whether governments still have the capacities to respond. The Report develops a framework to explore the administrative capacities of the public sector in OECD countries, analyses how these capacities have been used to develop innovative policy approaches to key governance challenges, and
explores governance innovations to enhance governance capacities. In addition, the Report presents a dashboard of indicators that assess administrative capacities from multiple perspectives. The Governance Report 2014 advances the debate on the problem-solving capacity of the modern state in the light of ongoing and future challenges.
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1. Setting the Scene: Challenges to the S tate, Governance Readiness, and Administrative Capacities ; 2. Administrative Capacities ; 3. Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacitites ; 4. Governance Innovations ; 5. Governance Indicators ; 6. Enhancing Administrative Capacities for Better Governance: Seven Recommendations