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CANZUK Countries Ranked Top For Government Effectiveness

Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have topped a recent international study for public service effectiveness, measuring the performance of government workforces in 31 countries.

Canada’s government and civil service has been ranked the most effective in the world (photo: Ottawa Tourism)

Written by James Skinner

James is the founder & chief executive of CANZUK International in Vancouver, Canada


The study, known as the International Civil Service Effectiveness (InCiSE) Index, was prepared by researchers from Oxford University in the UK, and ranked Canada’s public service as the most effective in the world, with New Zealand placing second, Australia third and the United Kingdom fourth.

Researchers assessed government bureaucracies on multiple factors including tax administration, policy making, inclusiveness, openness, integrity, crisis management, fiscal and financial management.

The high standard of government services found by the study confirms the CANZUK countries’ ability to formulate effective measures of introducing mutual freedom of movement and free trade agreements. CANZUK International has already submitted proposals regarding the addition of Canada and the United Kingdom to the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement, which have been reviewed and published by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

With effective government institutions and civil services in place, agreements regarding free movement and free trade can be quickly adopted as official foreign policy between the CANZUK countries, eliminating lengthy delays for implementation and aiding CANZUK International’s objective of achieving significant policy reform by 2020.

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