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Books > Business & Economics > Finance & accounting > Finance > Public finance > General

The Political Economy of Social Choices (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Maria Gallego, Norman Schofield The Political Economy of Social Choices (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Maria Gallego, Norman Schofield
R3,091 R2,804 Discovery Miles 28 040 Save R287 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book presents state-of-the-art research in political economy dealing with the decision making process under different political institutions. It focuses on the role that states and governments have on political outcomes and on the well-being of individuals, taking into account the differences that arise across autocracies and democracies and within political regimes. The research in this book is embedded with the political economy and social choice traditions and uses the rigorous frameworks of economics, political science and social choice theory to show how institutional settings shape social choices of a group of individuals or a nation. The contributions in this volume use a variety of cutting-edge game theory and mathematical tools as well as data and simulations that coupled with statistical techniques help us gain greater insights into these issues.

Uncle Sam in Pinstripes - Evaluating U.S. Federal Credit Programs (Paperback, New): Douglas J. Elliott Uncle Sam in Pinstripes - Evaluating U.S. Federal Credit Programs (Paperback, New)
Douglas J. Elliott
R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It is a long-held perception that America is a nation where the government typically stays out of day-to-day business activities. Yet the U.S. federal government is in many ways the biggest and most influential financial institution in the world, with $10 trillion in federal guarantees and loans going to the private sector. Even before recent implementation of massive interventions meant to stave off financial calamity, the federal government directly or indirectly provided significantly more credit than any of the country's largest private sector banks. And, of course, the government's credit activities have recently expanded far beyond this core of traditional programs in the face of economic crisis. What does the true picture of this sector look like, and how does it affect the overall economy?

"Uncle Sam in Pinstripes" is an accessible primer on U.S. federal lending, providing an instructive look at one of the most important interfaces between the U.S. government and its citizens as well as the transactions that result. Douglas Elliott's introductory chapter makes clear the critical importance of federal credit programs and hints at some of their complexities. The remainder of this book fills in the details --the how, what, why, and the ramifications --allowing readers of all stripes to understand the history, current state, and key policy issues surrounding federal credit provision. No picture of the U.S. economy is complete without a fuller understanding of this increasingly important sector.

There is considerable evidence that taxpayers are not receiving the value for money that they should. The author believes that a number of steps should be taken to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of federal credit programs. These are explained in the final chapter and include the following actions, among many others:

- Target borrowers more carefully. - Take into account more fully the relative risk of different loans. - Use the same budget rules for all federal credit programs. - Use risk-based discount rates for federal budget purposes. - Create a federal bank to administer all credit programs.

Transforming Government and Building the Information Society - Challenges and Opportunities for the Developing World... Transforming Government and Building the Information Society - Challenges and Opportunities for the Developing World (Hardcover, Edition.)
Nagy K. Hanna
R3,807 R3,053 Discovery Miles 30 530 Save R754 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Information and communication technology (ICT) is central to reforming governance, innovating public services, and building inclusive information societies. Countries are learning to weave ICT into their strategies for transforming government as enterprises have learned to use ICT to innovate and transform their processes and competitive strategies. ICT-enabled transformation offers a new path to digital-era government that is responsive to the challenges of our time. It facilitates innovation, partnering, knowledge sharing, community organizing, local monitoring, accelerated learning, and participatory development.

In Transforming Government and Building the Information Society, Nagy Hanna draws on multi-disciplinary research on ICT in the public sector, and on his rich experience of over 35 years at the World Bank and other aid agencies, to identify the key ingredients for the strategic integration of ICT into governance and poverty reduction strategies. The author showcases promising practices from around the world to outline the strategic options involved in using ICT to maximize developmental impact-transforming government institutions and public services, and empowering communities for inclusion and grassroots innovation.

Despite the ICT promise, Hanna acknowledges that reforming governance and empowering poor communities are difficult long-term undertakings. Hanna moves beyond the imperatives and visions of e-transformation to strategic design and implementation options, and draws practical lessons for policymakers, reformers, innovators, community leaders, ICT specialists and development experts.

Fiscal Management in Resource-Rich Countries - Essentials for Economists and Public Finance Professionals (Paperback): Rolando... Fiscal Management in Resource-Rich Countries - Essentials for Economists and Public Finance Professionals (Paperback)
Rolando Ossowski, Havard Halland
R676 R606 Discovery Miles 6 060 Save R70 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book sets out indicators to assess the fiscal stance in resource rich countries, then discusses fiscal policy in three related dimensions: short-run stabilization; the management of fiscal risks and vulnerabilities; and the promotion of long-run sustainability.

e-Transformation: Enabling New Development Strategies (Hardcover, 2010 ed.): Nagy K. Hanna e-Transformation: Enabling New Development Strategies (Hardcover, 2010 ed.)
Nagy K. Hanna
R4,572 R3,656 Discovery Miles 36 560 Save R916 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Could information and communication technology (ICT) become the transformative tool for a new style of global development? Could ICT promote knowledge-based, innovation-driven, and smart, adaptive, participatory development? As countries seek a way out of the present period of economic contraction, they are trying to weave ICT into their development strategies, in the same way organizations have learned to use ICT to transform their business models and strategies. This integration offers a new path to development that is responsive to the challenges of our times.

In e-Transformation, Nagy Hanna identifies the key ingredients for the strategic integration of ICT into national development, with examples from around the world. He draws on his rich experience of over 35 years at the World Bank and other aid agencies to outline the strategic options involved in using ICT to maximize developmental impact transforming public service institutions, networking businesses for innovation and competitiveness, and empowering communities for social inclusion and poverty reduction. He identifies the key interdependencies in e-transformation and offers a holistic framework to tap network effects and synergies across all elements of the process, including leadership, cyber policies, institutions, human resources, technological competencies, information infrastructure, and ICT uses for government, business, and society.

Integrating analytical insights and practical applications across the fields of development, political economy, public administration, entrepreneurship, and technology management, the author candidly argues that e-transformation, like all bold ideas, faces implementation challenges. In particular, the aspiration-reality gap needs to be systematically addressed if ICT-enabled innovation and transformation is to become a development practice. E-transformation is first and foremost about thinking strategically and creatively about the options made possible by the information technology revolution in the context of globalization. To this end, the author provides tools and best practices designed to nurture innovation, select entry points, prioritize among competing demands, and sequence and scale up. He outlines the roles of all participants political, managerial, entrepreneurial, social and technical whose leadership is essential for successful innovation."

Fiscal Policy in Dynamic Economies (Hardcover): Kim Heng Tan Fiscal Policy in Dynamic Economies (Hardcover)
Kim Heng Tan
R3,004 Discovery Miles 30 040 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The role of fiscal policy in short-run macroeconomic stabilization is, by now, well known in the academic literature and in policy circles. However, this focus on the short-run, especially in a democracy, means that much less attention has been paid to the other consequences of the use of fiscal policy. By studying the intergenerational-welfare aspects of fiscal policy, this book deals with some fundamental issues of fiscal policy. Why does public debt tend to rise over time in democracies? Why is there a tendency for government spending on consumption and on social security to grow? Why do governments fail to invest in public capital adequately? Should a dollar transferred from the young be treated as a dollar transferred to the old? By studying the international aspects of fiscal policy, the book establishes international differences in fiscal policy as determinants of persistent trade imbalances and international indebtedness. It also considers some basic questions on international transfers and austerity in open economies. What criteria should be used to define a successful foreign-aid programme? Why is foreign aid likely to fail in a world of global wealth disparity? Can reliance be placed on the international coordination of austerity to improve welfare in the long run? Is austerity accompanied by international transfers superior to austerity unaccompanied by international transfers? This book based on the OLG model fills a gap on fiscal-policy issues in the recent spate of books on overlapping generations.

IEA Yearbook of Government Performance 2002-2003 (Hardcover): Peter Warburton IEA Yearbook of Government Performance 2002-2003 (Hardcover)
Peter Warburton
R392 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R29 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Big government may be coming back into fashion. Public spending in Britain -- especially on services such as health, education and transport -- is on the increase. But how likely is it that more spending will result in better services? In this new Yearbook, Peter Warburton assembles evidence from Britain and from around the world to examine how taxation and government spending have been changing and to assess the effectiveness of government activity. He investigates the scale and scope of government, over time and in comparison with other countries, and sets out indicators of government performance, considering not only macroeconomic questions but issues now at the centre of political discussion such as health and education services and crime reduction. Six essays by leading commentators provide more detailed discussions of measuring the public sector, greater choice in health, the poverty trap, private education, imprisonment and child care and adoption. Dr Warburton's concludes that 'If there is a simple message to be gleaned from all the evidence, it is that an increase in public sector resources is no substitute for excellence in resource allocation.'

Public Finance (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Ambar Ghosh, Chandana, Ghosh Public Finance (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Ambar Ghosh, Chandana, Ghosh
R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The objective of the theory of public finance is to determine the optimal scales of government interventions or expenditures in different areas, and the optimum modes of financing these expenditures. The problems that governments handle are complex, and this makes the theory of public finance challenging. It is continuously searching for better, more acceptable and easier-to-implement solutions to problems. This book, now in its second edition, examines the major theories of public finance, starting with fundamental principles, and explains how government decisions are taken on the basis of the guidelines based on these theories. This new edition includes updated data throughout, including newly revised tax slabs. This book exposes students to various facets of public finance to help develop analytical frameworks to: Address issues of efficient allocation of resources between private, public and mixed good. Ensure equitable distribution of the tax burden among individuals. Find ways of minimizing the inefficiency of the tax structure. Study the statutory and economic incidence of different types of taxes. Examine the implications of government borrowing. Develop a rationale of distributing economic or fiscal responsibilities and tax powers among different tiers of government. The book makes understanding the subject easier by developing simple mathematical models to derive major results in each of the above areas, and by explaining the economics behind the results in detail. The concepts are illustrated with the help of simple examples taken from the Indian economy. Moreover, the book assesses India's economic policies in the light of the theories discussed. Another distinguishing feature is that it contains a large number of review questions and numerical problems on every topic discussed to help students apply the techniques learnt, and thereby, develop a sound understanding of the subject.

Cost Sharing for Primary Health Care - Lessons from Yemen (Paperback): Abdul Serouri Cost Sharing for Primary Health Care - Lessons from Yemen (Paperback)
Abdul Serouri
R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The dilemma of how to meet the primary health needs of the population, especially poor people, with decreasing government resources, is a real issue for government, policy makers and donors in Yemen. The Oxfam-supported research project that led to this study was initiated in April 2000 in the context of health sector reform, and examined the perceptions of users and providers of cost-sharing schemes in Yemen. This study, drawn from the findings of the research, seeks to demonstrate the impact of cost sharing on the population of Yemen, and specifically on poor and vulnerable people. The authors show that health care is increasingly unaffordable for the majority of the population, particularly in rural areas. They aim to alert decision-makers to features of cost-sharing policies that are likely to hamper equitable access to services, and prevent quality improvements and sustainability. The study highlights the essential elements for an equitable health-financing policy in Yemen: affordable and locally available drugs and services, rational drug use, improved staff training, and continuous support and supervision by the implementing agency. The critical issues raised in this research will be extremely valuable in wider discussions of the planning and evaluation of health sector reform.

Public-Private Partnership for Sub-Saharan Africa (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Hanna Kociemska Public-Private Partnership for Sub-Saharan Africa (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Hanna Kociemska
R2,504 R2,127 Discovery Miles 21 270 Save R377 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This monograph highlights the benefits of public-private partnerships (PPP) for Sub-Saharan Africa. By studying the intertwinement of mainstream and Islamic finance, the author shows how PPPs have emerged as a viable and efficient organizational vehicle for fair rules of economic cooperation where the trade-offs between profit maximization and social justice values required by Islamic finance occur within the organization. The book shows the assumptions under which such compromise is beneficial to all parties, including public entities, multicultural societies and private Islamic and conventional investors. It places particular emphasis on changing the principle of allocating public resources in the uncertain legal and economic environment of the region discussed. Given the cultural idiosyncrasies, political instability, and socio-economic turmoil but high development potential in Sub-Saharan Africa, PPPs with a heterodox approach may prove to be a game-changer in the region and a platform to find a compromise between the interests of various types of investors.

Public Finance, Global Edition (Paperback, 10th edition): Harvey Rosen, Ted Gayer Public Finance, Global Edition (Paperback, 10th edition)
Harvey Rosen, Ted Gayer
R1,782 R1,563 Discovery Miles 15 630 Save R219 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Introducing... Public Finance, 10th Global Edition, by Harvey S. Rosen and Ted Gayer Rosen and Gayer's Public Finance provides the economic tools necessary to analyze government expenditure and tax policies and, along the way, takes students to the frontiers of current research and policy. While the information presented is cutting edge and reflects the work of economists currently active in the field, the approach makes the text accessible to undergraduates whose only prior exposure to economics is at the introductory level. The authors' years of policy experience have convinced them that modern public finance provides a practical and invaluable framework for thinking about policy issues. The goal is simple: to emphasize the links between sound economics and the analysis of real-world policy problems. Enhancements and key features for this new Global Edition include: New Policy Perspectives introduce relevant and engaging examples of international policy so students can extend their understanding of theory to policymaking across the globe. New Empirical Evidence applications provide students with real-world examples that are relevant to them, from case studies about Sweden and China to global examples that compare experiences between countries. Updated end-of-chapter questions broaden critical thinking, encouraging students to apply their knowledge to international and comparative examples. The results of econometric models are used to help students understand how expenditure and tax policies affect individual behavior and how governments set policies. Integrated theory and analysis: Institutional, theoretical, and empirical material is interwoven to provide students with a clear and coherent view of how government spending and taxation relate to economic theory. Current research is presented alongside discussion of methodological and substantive controversies. The approach is modern, theoretical, and empirical, and shared by most active economists. Institutional and legal settings are described in detail, and the links between economic analysis and current political issues are emphasized. This Global Edition has been adapted to meet the needs of courses outside of the United States and does not align with the instructor and student resources available with the US edition.

The Public Principles of Public Debt - A Defense and Restatement (Hardcover): James M. Buchanan The Public Principles of Public Debt - A Defense and Restatement (Hardcover)
James M. Buchanan
R526 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R82 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Public Principles of Public Debt" is one of James M. Buchanan's most important and influential books. The radical idea he conceived was that: our reliance on public debt has amassed a sort of orthodoxy that is commonly--and needlessly--assumed by taxpayers, by politicians, and by economists themselves.
Buchanan dismisses the nearly universal belief (which continues to this day) that the burden of debt is borne by the current generation, and he argues persuasively that public debt is shouldered in large part by generations still to come.
Written in 1958, this book represents Buchanan's first published monograph, and its publication met with much controversy, confusion, and speculation in the economic community. But the book also added to Buchanan's rising stature in the early part of his career as a brilliant and original thinker.
The arguments Buchanan lays out in this book had a considerable impact on much of his later work. Buchanan's object here is to establish a set of analytical claims about debt incidence. Current anxieties over implicit Social Security debt are clear indications of the rightness of Buchanan's then-revolutionary theory.
James M. Buchanan is an eminent economist who won the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1986 and is considered one of the greatest scholars of liberty in the twentieth century.
The entire series includes: Volume 1 "The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty"
Volume 2 "Public Principles of Public Debt "
Volume 3 "The Calculus of Consent "
Volume 4 "Public Finance in Democratic Process"
Volume 5 "The Demand and Supply of Public Goods"
Volume 6 "Cost and Choice"
Volume 7 "The Limits of Liberty"
Volume 8 "Democracy in Deficit"
Volume 9 "The Power to Tax"
Volume 10 "The Reason of Rules"
Volume 11 "Politics by Principle, Not Interest"
Volume 12 "Economic Inquiry and Its Logic"
Volume 13 "Politics as Public Choice"
Volume 14 "Debt and Taxes"
Volume 15 "Externalities and Public Expenditure Theory"
Volume 16 "Choice, Contract, and Constitutions"
Volume 17 "Moral Science and Moral Order"
Volume 18 "Federalism, Liberty, and the Law"
Volume 19 "Ideas, Persons, and Events"
Volume 20 "Indexes"

Cost & Choice -- An Inquiry in Economic Theory (Paperback): James Buchanan Cost & Choice -- An Inquiry in Economic Theory (Paperback)
James Buchanan
R295 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R55 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While relatively short, COST AND CHOICE, according to Hartmut Kliemt in the foreword, "holds quite a central place in Buchanan's work. For the fundamental economic notion of 'cost', or 'opportunity cost', is intimately related to the individualist and subjectivist perspective that is so essential to the Buchanan enterprise." To be sure, the Austrian school of economists enunciated similar views of cost decades before Buchanan, but Buchanan advances his theories by attempting to integrate his views into the orthodox classical and neoclassical framework. When he published the book in 1969, Buchanan hoped that other scholars would follow him in researching the opportunity-cost concept and its applications. Unlike the theatre of public policy, where Buchanan's work is widely celebrated and influential, his important work on the issue of cost and choice, so clearly explicated in this volume, has done little to move the mainstream of economic thinking in the thirty years since its original publication. It is hoped that this new edition of Buchanan's seminal work will place Buchanan's groundbreaking ideas in wider circulation. Buchanan writes in the preface, "My aim is to utilise the theory of opportunity cost to demonstrate basic methodological distinctions that are often overlooked and to show that a consistent usage of this theory clarifies important areas of disagreement on policy issues."

Public Procurement Reforms in Africa - Challenges in Institutions and Governance (Hardcover): Christine Leon de Mariz, Claude... Public Procurement Reforms in Africa - Challenges in Institutions and Governance (Hardcover)
Christine Leon de Mariz, Claude Menard, Bernard Abeille
R2,042 Discovery Miles 20 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Institutional reforms and their contribution to development and growth have been a source of renewed interest as well as of many challenges over the last two decades. Identifying the forces that push towards reform and the conditions that determine the success or failure of reforms, building organizational arrangements needed to make modifications to the rules of the game sustainable, and understanding the limits to the transfer of reforms and to the help that international organizations and foreign institutions can provide to support change, raise intellectually difficult and politically highly sensitive issues. This book attempts to address these issues from an economic perspective. Combining knowledge and field experience, it develops an analysis of institutional changes and organizational transformations based on the experience of the public procurement reforms carried out in sub-Saharan Africa. This highlights the economic significance of procurement and the formidable obstacles that institutional changes face. Using an original dataset, it explores the gap between the expectations and what has been achieved. It develops a framework that intends to capture the complex interaction between the different components of reform and aims to provide useful insights for researchers and policy makers.

Pork Barrel Politics - How Government Spending Determines Elections in a Polarized Era (Hardcover): Andrew H. Sidman Pork Barrel Politics - How Government Spending Determines Elections in a Polarized Era (Hardcover)
Andrew H. Sidman
R2,200 R1,626 Discovery Miles 16 260 Save R574 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Conventional wisdom holds that legislators who bring "pork"-federal funds for local projects-back home to their districts are better able to fend off potential challengers. For more than four decades, however, the empirical support for this belief has been mixed. Some studies have found that securing federal spending has no electoral effects at best or can even cost incumbent legislators votes. In Pork Barrel Politics, Andrew H. Sidman offers a systematic explanation for how political polarization affects the electoral influence of district-level federal spending. He argues that the average voter sees the pork barrel as an aspect of the larger issue of government spending, determined by partisanship and ideology. It is only when the political world becomes more divided over everything else that the average voter pays attention to pork, linking it to their general preferences over government spending. Using data on pork barrel spending from 1986 through 2012 and public works spending since 1876 along with analyses of district-level outcomes and incumbent success, Sidman demonstrates the rising power of polarization in United States elections. During periods of low polarization, pork barrel spending has little impact, but when polarization is high, it affects primary competition, campaign spending, and vote share in general elections. Pork Barrel Politics is an empirically rich account of the surprising repercussions of bringing pork home, with important consequences in our polarized era.

The Economics of Government - Complexity and the Practice of Public Finance (Hardcover): Vito Tanzi The Economics of Government - Complexity and the Practice of Public Finance (Hardcover)
Vito Tanzi
R1,775 Discovery Miles 17 750 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Public finance is an important branch of economics. Over the years it has become more important, more controversial, and more complex. Much of the academic writing on it is highly theoretical, and it is often done by economists who have had little real world experience. Vito Tanzi has been continually engaged in this field for almost six decades, as a professor of public finance, a practitioner of it in many countries, and as a researcher, and has witnessed first-hand the growing gap between theoretical work and the real life practice of public finance. Public finance has come to be increasingly influenced by the pursuit of multiple government goals and by the growing complexity that now characterizes fiscal policy and government programs in many countries. Notably, the goal of simplicity has played only a small role in the practice of public finance and in academic work. Complexity puts a dense fog around many policies, making it difficult to predict and assess the results. This book aims to highlight to both economists and policymakers the need for simplicity in policies. It also aims to inform students of public finance and public policy about this growing problem and the need to pay more attention to it.

A Critical Analysis of Basic Income Experiments for Researchers, Policymakers, and Citizens (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Karl... A Critical Analysis of Basic Income Experiments for Researchers, Policymakers, and Citizens (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Karl Widerquist
R1,385 R1,179 Discovery Miles 11 790 Save R206 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At least six different Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiments are underway or planned right now in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, and Kenya. Several more countries are considering conducting experiments. Yet, there seems to be more interest simply in having UBI experiments than in exactly what we want to learn from them. Although experiments can produce a lot of relevant data about UBI, they are crucially limited in their ability to enlighten our understanding of the big questions that bear on the discussion of whether to implement UBI as a national or regional policy. And, past experience shows that results of UBI experiments are particularly vulnerable misunderstanding, sensationalism, and spin. This book examines the difficulties of conducting a UBI experiment and reporting the results in ways that successfully improve public understanding of the probable effects of a national UBI. The book makes recommendations how researchers, reporters, citizens, and policymakers can avoid these problems and get the most out of UBI experiments.

Sovereign Risk and Public-Private Partnership During the Euro Crisis (Hardcover): Maura Campra, Gianluca Oricchio, Eugenio... Sovereign Risk and Public-Private Partnership During the Euro Crisis (Hardcover)
Maura Campra, Gianluca Oricchio, Eugenio Mario Braja, Paolo Esposito
R2,830 Discovery Miles 28 300 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is an examination of the sovereign risk and debt limit issues facing the Eurozone (crisis/post crisis) and the need for alternative mechanisms to fund the capital investment requirements of the region.

The Era of Chinese Multinationals - Competing for Global Dominance (Paperback): Lourdes Casanova, Anne Miroux The Era of Chinese Multinationals - Competing for Global Dominance (Paperback)
Lourdes Casanova, Anne Miroux
R1,845 Discovery Miles 18 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Chinese multinationals have grown in size and increased their global presence dramatically over the last decade. They have emerged as formidable competitors for western incumbents. These firms have instigated profound changes, such as displaced trade and investment flows, new business models, and the emergence of a new geography of global innovation. In a single volume, The Era of Chinese Multinationals captures the forces driving the disruptive growth of Chinese multinational corporations. Following a presentation of the surge of Chinese companies, the book turns to corporate characteristics of those firms and how they compare with western multinationals in terms of revenues, profits, branding, and business strategy. The book uses data and case studies to depict the relevant issues with the goal of providing insights to global executives on collaborating and competing with Chinese companies.

When States Go Broke - The Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis (Hardcover, New): Peter... When States Go Broke - The Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis (Hardcover, New)
Peter Conti-Brown, David Skeel
R2,151 Discovery Miles 21 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When States Go Broke collects insights and analysis from leading academics and practitioners that discuss the ongoing fiscal crisis among the American states. No one disagrees with the idea that the states face enormous political and fiscal challenges. There is, however, little consensus on how to fix the perennial problems associated with these challenges. This volume fills an important gap in the dialogue by offering an academic analysis of the many issues broached by these debates. Leading scholars in bankruptcy, constitutional law, labor law, history, political science and economics have individually contributed their assessments of the origins, context and potential solutions for the states in crisis. It presents readers - academics, policy makers and concerned citizens alike - with the resources to begin and continue that important, solution-oriented conversation.

Fiscal Pressure Facing State & Local Government (Hardcover): Logan R Evans, Cameron K Dewitt Fiscal Pressure Facing State & Local Government (Hardcover)
Logan R Evans, Cameron K Dewitt
R3,242 Discovery Miles 32 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

he financial consequences of the recession that spanned from December 2007 through June of 2009 has increased congressional interest in the financial health of state and local governments. State and local tax revenues declined, expenditures climbed, and debt increased. Even though tax revenue has begun to rebound, expenditures for unemployment benefits and other social programs remain elevated. In response to these state and local government fiscal headwinds, several hearings have been held early in the 112th Congress to examine the health of state and local government finances and the potential effects on the economic recovery. This book provides an overview of state and local government finances and how these governments incorporate borrowing into their budget and the debt parameters of each state.

Chaos and Compromise - The Evolution of the Mississippi Budgeting Process (Hardcover): Brian A. Pugh Chaos and Compromise - The Evolution of the Mississippi Budgeting Process (Hardcover)
Brian A. Pugh; Foreword by Ronny Frith
R2,315 Discovery Miles 23 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Chaos and Compromise: The Evolution of the Mississippi Budgeting Process takes the topic of budgeting and makes it exciting, and not just for political junkies. Instead of focusing on numbers, this book looks at the policymakers responsible for the budget. Brian A. Pugh provides a historical perspective on the decisions and actions of legislators and governors going back more than a century. Pugh reviews how Mississippi's budget making evolved and sifts legislation and litigation as well as those legislators and governors responsible for developing this process. Pugh explains in detail the significant actions taken by the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government that affected Mississippi's procedures. Significant legislation covered includes the passage of Senate Bill 356, which gave the governor the authority to prepare and submit a budget recommendation in 1918; the passage of the Administrative Reorganization Act of 1984; the passage of the Budget Reform Act of 1992; and the passage of the Financial and Operational Responses That Invigorate Future Years Act (FORTIFY) during the First Extraordinary Session of 2017. The first two chapters provide a historical perspective and give the reader an understanding of how legislation and litigation contributed. The book also covers interventions by the courts, which led to the unprecedented separation of powers case Alexander v. State of Mississippi by and Through Allain (1983). In addition to discussing important laws and legislators, Pugh takes a detailed look at six of Mississippi's recent governors - Bill Allain, Ray Mabus, Kirk Fordice, Ronnie Musgrove, Haley Barbour, and Phil Bryant - to examine their methods for getting the legislature to include their ideas in the often anguished process of making a budget.

Chaos and Compromise - The Evolution of the Mississippi Budgeting Process (Paperback): Brian A. Pugh Chaos and Compromise - The Evolution of the Mississippi Budgeting Process (Paperback)
Brian A. Pugh; Foreword by Ronny Frith
R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Chaos and Compromise: The Evolution of the Mississippi Budgeting Process takes the topic of budgeting and makes it exciting, and not just for political junkies. Instead of focusing on numbers, this book looks at the policymakers responsible for the budget. Brian A. Pugh provides a historical perspective on the decisions and actions of legislators and governors going back more than a century. Pugh reviews how Mississippi's budget making evolved and sifts legislation and litigation as well as those legislators and governors responsible for developing this process. Pugh explains in detail the significant actions taken by the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government that affected Mississippi's procedures. Significant legislation covered includes the passage of Senate Bill 356, which gave the governor the authority to prepare and submit a budget recommendation in 1918; the passage of the Administrative Reorganization Act of 1984; the passage of the Budget Reform Act of 1992; and the passage of the Financial and Operational Responses That Invigorate Future Years Act (FORTIFY) during the First Extraordinary Session of 2017. The first two chapters provide a historical perspective and give the reader an understanding of how legislation and litigation contributed. The book also covers interventions by the courts, which led to the unprecedented separation of powers case Alexander v. State of Mississippi by and Through Allain (1983). In addition to discussing important laws and legislators, Pugh takes a detailed look at six of Mississippi's recent governors - Bill Allain, Ray Mabus, Kirk Fordice, Ronnie Musgrove, Haley Barbour, and Phil Bryant - to examine their methods for getting the legislature to include their ideas in the often anguished process of making a budget.

Policy, Program and Project Evaluation - A Toolkit for Economic Analysis in a Changing World (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Anwar... Policy, Program and Project Evaluation - A Toolkit for Economic Analysis in a Changing World (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Anwar Shah
R3,151 Discovery Miles 31 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Evaluation in recent decades has evolved from a tool for project appraisals to a more widely used framework for public decision-making and operational management. Most evaluation books are focused on traditional tools of analysis such as cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis to the neglect of modern tools such as multi-criteria evaluation, social marginal cost of funds analysis, data envelopment analysis, results-oriented management and evaluation and theory based evaluations. This edited volume provides an easily accessible and comprehensive survey of both traditional and modern tools of analysis that are used in the evaluation literature to evaluate public projects, programs, policies and policy analysis and advice. The book will be of interest to students, scholars, researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Western Balkan Economies in Transition - Recent Economic and Social Developments (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Reiner Osbild, Will... Western Balkan Economies in Transition - Recent Economic and Social Developments (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Reiner Osbild, Will Bartlett
R2,750 R2,209 Discovery Miles 22 090 Save R541 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explores the economic and social development of the Western Balkan region, a group of six countries that are potential candidates for EU membership. It focuses on the key economic issues facing these countries, including the challenge of promoting economic growth, limiting public deficits and debt, and fostering international trade relations. Given the severe impact of the recent economic crisis on social welfare in the region, it also investigates the nature and extent of social exclusion, a factor likely to produce future political instabilities if not effectively addressed by a return to sustainable economic growth. The contributions explore these issues in light of the major influence of EU policy instruments and advice, which are currently guiding the economies along an accession trajectory to future EU membership.

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