Function (Class) Definition

COFOG description of #cofog0111 - Executive and legislative organs (CS) (function of government class) (Ens Dictionary).
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A function of government.

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Evaluating and improving #cofog0111 - Executive and legislative organs (CS)

For quite a number of functions of government, the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals and Targets provide measurable targets.

To know what initiatives have been undertaken, or are being undertaken, the DAC 5 and CRS Purpose Codes (OECD DAC) can be used to consult the OECD DCD-DAC Development finance statistics or the IATI Datastore.

Administration, operation or support of executive and legislative organs.
Includes: office of the chief executive at all levels of government - office of the monarch, governor-general, president, prime minister, governor, mayor, etc.; legislative bodies at all levels of government - parliaments, chambers of deputies, senates, assemblies, town councils, etc.; advisory, administrative and political staffs attached to chief executive offices and legislatures; libraries and other reference services serving mainly executive and legislative organs; physical amenities provided to the chief executive, the legislature and their aides; permanent or ad hoc commissions and committees created by or acting on behalf of the chief executive or legislature.
Excludes: ministerial offices, offices of heads of departments of local governments, interdepartmental committees, etc. concerned with a specific function (classified according to function).


For each function of government a substantial number of online resources are available. Some of these resources are listed here. Additions can be suggested in comments, or posts using #cofog0111.

Resource links
Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance (OECD, 2012)
Constitute - The world's constitutions to read, search and compare
A Practical Guide to Constitution Building by CONSTITUTIONNET with chapters on The Design of the Executive Branch, the Legislature, and the Judicial Branch, and Decentralized Forms of Government
When Legal Worlds Overlap: Human Rights, State and Non State Law, by ICHRP, 2009 (via Scribd), including Principles for engaging with plural legal orders
The book Parliament and Democracy in the twenty-first Century: A Guide to Good Practice (2006, by David Beetham) (PDF versions in English (1'835 Kb), French (1'984 Kb), Spanish (1'504 Kb) and Arabic (2'500 Kb)), published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
Chapter III of Reconstructing Public Administration after Conflict: Challenges, Practices and Lessons Learned, World Public Sector Report 2010 (United Nations Public Administration Network, UNPAN)
Principles of Democracy - a list of thirteen principles which, according to people around the world, must be respected in order to have a democratic government
5 Things Reps Should Do to Be More Transparent (by Daniel Schuman, Jan. 8, 2012, Sunlight Foundation)
Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy (9 titles)
Social Media Guidelines for Parliaments (IPU Publications, 2013; Available in English, French and Spanish)

Collaborative planning for the function

A Collaborative Planning Methodology is (simple) repeatable process that can be used to improve the quality of a function of government.

The below table lists some possible questions and format for documenting a collaborative planning for an improved function of government resulting from Awareness, capacity & care for #LocalizingSDGs.

For persons:

For organizations:
for political party: accept competition with other political parties for the membership of the legislature.
for executive offices:
for legislature:
for political party:
for executive offices:
for legislature:

In a territory:

What are feasible objectives & options for delivering this function of government? Taking into consideration dependencies on the country's resource endowments, what options exist to achieve which objectives for this function of government?

Objective: run the executive offices and the legislative organs with a Regime 2 maturity (see tab Diagnostics for the definition of this regime).

Objective: Achieving and sustaining unity in the country.

  • Creating a common vision prior to launching institutional reform.
  • Early on, rule-of-law reform must promote greater transparency and accountability in public administration agencies that handle things like vehicle registration, building permits, rubbish removal, public health inspection, banking regulations and tax collection, since more people have contact with these agencies (and their history of discriminatory practices and corruption) than they do with the formal judiciary.
  • Constitutions are most durable and stable when they are made through broad consultation and negotiation to ensure that all socio-politico-economic forces of the country agree on the rules of the game and put the interests of the people at the center of everything.
  • Harmonizing traditional and modern institutions


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The fringes

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