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Growing the Productivity of Government Services (Paperback): Patrick Dunleavy, Leandro Carrera Growing the Productivity of Government Services (Paperback)
Patrick Dunleavy, Leandro Carrera
R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Productivity is essentially the ratio of an organization's outputs divided by its inputs. For many years it was treated as always being static in government agencies. In fact productivity in government services should be rising rapidly as a result of digital changes and new management approaches, and it has done so in some agencies. However, Dunleavy and Carrera show for the first time how complex are the factors affecting productivity growth in government organizations - especially management practices, use of IT, organizational culture, strategic mis-decisions and political and policy churn. With government budgets under stress in many countries, this pioneering book shows academics, analysts and officials how to measure outputs and productivity in detail; how to cope with problems of quality variations; and how to achieve year-on-year, sustainable improvements in the efficiency of government services.

Public Policy & Financial Economics: Essays In Honor Of Professor George G Kaufman For His Lifelong Contributions To The... Public Policy & Financial Economics: Essays In Honor Of Professor George G Kaufman For His Lifelong Contributions To The Profession (Hardcover)
Douglas D. Evanoff, Anastasios G. Malliaris, George G. Kaufman
R2,446 Discovery Miles 24 460 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The central goal of this volume was to assemble outstanding scholars and policymakers in the field of financial markets and institutions and have them articulate significant market developments in their particular areas of expertise during the past few decades.Not just a celebratory volume, Public Policy and Financial Economics selected internationally recognized financial economists who have worked with Professor Kaufman during his years of scholarly research, and have a combined mastery of specialized financial markets themes and, very importantly, knowledge of public policies in the areas. All 15 chapters offer unique, innovative, and exciting expositions of several critical topics in financial economics.

Public Private Partnerships in Education - New Actors and Modes of Governance in a Globalizing World (Hardcover): Susan L.... Public Private Partnerships in Education - New Actors and Modes of Governance in a Globalizing World (Hardcover)
Susan L. Robertson, Karen Mundy, Antoni Verger, Francine Menashy
R2,424 Discovery Miles 24 240 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This insightful book brings together both academics and researchers from a variety of international organizations and aid agencies to explore the complexities of public private partnerships (PPPs) as a resurgent, hybrid mode of educational governance that operates across scales, from the community to the global. The contributors expertly study the different types of partnership arrangements and thoroughly critique the value of PPPs. Some chapters explore how PPPs, as a policy idea, have been constructed in transnational agendas for educational development and circulated globally, whilst other chapters explore the role and implications of PPPs in developing countries, providing arguments for and against an expanding reliance on PPPs in national educational systems. The theoretical framing of the book draws upon leading theories of international relations to develop a unique perspective on the global governance of education. It will prove insightful for both scholars and policymakers in public policy and education.

Financial Stability in Practice - Towards an Uncertain Future (Hardcover): Charles A.E. Goodhart, Dimitrios P. Tsomocos Financial Stability in Practice - Towards an Uncertain Future (Hardcover)
Charles A.E. Goodhart, Dimitrios P. Tsomocos
R3,197 Discovery Miles 31 970 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The maintenance of financial stability is a key objective of monetary policy, but the record of regulators in achieving this has been lamentable in recent years. This failure has been matched by an equivalent inability to establish an appropriate theoretical basis for financial regulation. In this book, the authors demonstrate how to enhance the theory, modelling and practice of such regulation. The main determinant of financial instability is the default of financial institutions. The authors highlight the importance of the appropriate incorporation of default into macro-financial models and its interaction with liquidity. Besides covering the historical development and current stance of financial regulation, the book includes a number of policy-oriented chapters revealing how the authors' modelling approach can improve the process. This authoritative book will serve as a basis for future work on financial stability management for both academics and policy-makers and provide guidance on how to undertake crisis prevention and resolution.

Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis - Looking for Reasonable Shortcuts (Paperback): Gines De-Rus Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis - Looking for Reasonable Shortcuts (Paperback)
Gines De-Rus
R632 Discovery Miles 6 320 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Gines de Rus incorporates the latest thinking on issues such as the treatment of risk and uncertainty, and the importance of institutional arrangements in ensuring the correct use of the technique. These issues are blended seamlessly into the relevant case studies, rather than treated as optional extras, as in some texts. The case studies themselves are at the centre of current debate and controversy, including the need for high-speed rail lines and the case for the privatisation of water supply. Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis is intended as a graduate and advanced undergraduate textbook. Nevertheless, economists and other practitioners involved in the economic evaluation of projects will also find the book extremely useful.

Cost-Benefit Analysis and Distributional Preferences - A Choice Modelling Approach (Hardcover): Helen Scarborough, Jeff Bennett Cost-Benefit Analysis and Distributional Preferences - A Choice Modelling Approach (Hardcover)
Helen Scarborough, Jeff Bennett
R1,722 Discovery Miles 17 220 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This pathbreaking study illustrates and enhances the potential of cost-benefit analysis as a tool for decision-making. Advancing the incorporation of equity preferences in policy analysis, the authors demonstrate the application of choice modelling to the estimation of distributional weights suitable for inclusion in a cost-benefit analytical framework. A platform for discussion of the challenges and opportunities of this approach is presented in the form of a detailed case study designed to estimate community preferences for different intergenerational distributions. While the case study is focused on natural resource management and environmental policy, the conceptual and methodological advances illustrated by the authors are relevant and applicable to a wider array of policy deliberations. This book will prove a challenging and thought-provoking read for academics, students and policymakers with an interest in environmental issues and/or public sector economics.

Why is There Money? - Walrasian General Equilibrium Foundations of Monetary Theory (Hardcover): Ross M. Starr Why is There Money? - Walrasian General Equilibrium Foundations of Monetary Theory (Hardcover)
Ross M. Starr
R1,726 Discovery Miles 17 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The microeconomic foundation of the theory of money has long represented a puzzle to economic theory. Why is there Money? derives the foundations of monetary theory from advanced price theory in a mathematically precise family of trading post models. It has long been recognized that the fundamental theoretical analysis of a market economy is embodied in the Arrow-Debreu-Walras mathematical general equilibrium model, with one great deficiency: the analysis cannot accommodate money and financial institutions. In this groundbreaking book, Ross M. Starr addresses this problem directly, by expanding the Arrow-Debreu model to include a multiplicity of trading opportunities, with the resultant endogenous derivation of money as the carrier of value among them. This fundamental breakthrough is achieved while maintaining the Walrasian general equilibrium price-theoretic structure, augmented primarily by the introduction of separate bid and ask prices reflecting transaction costs. The result is foundations of monetary theory consistent with and derived from modern price theory. This fascinating book will provide a stimulating and thought-provoking read for academics and postgraduate students focusing on economics, macroeconomics, macroeconomic policy and finance, money and banking. Central bankers will also find much to interest them within this book.

Deficits, Debt, and Democracy - Wrestling with Tragedy on the Fiscal Commons (Hardcover): Richard E. Wagner Deficits, Debt, and Democracy - Wrestling with Tragedy on the Fiscal Commons (Hardcover)
Richard E. Wagner
R1,823 Discovery Miles 18 230 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This timely book reveals that the budget deficits and accumulating debts that plague modern democracies reflect a clash between two rationalities of governance: one of private property and one of common property. The clashing of these rationalities at various places in society creates forms of societal tectonics that play out through budgeting. The book demonstrates that while this clash is an inherent feature of democratic political economy, it can nonetheless be limited through embracing once again a constitution of liberty. Not all commons settings have tragic outcomes, of course, but tragic outcomes loom large in democratic processes because they entail conflict between two very different forms of substantive rationality; the political and market rationalities. These are both orders that contain interactions among participants, but the institutional frameworks that govern those interactions differ, generating democratic budgetary tragedies. Those tragedies, moreover, are inherent in the conflict between the different rationalities and so cannot be eliminated. They can, as this book argues, be reduced by restoring a constitution of liberty in place of the constitution of control that has taken shape throughout the west over the past century. Economists interested in public finance, public policy and political economy along with scholars of political science, public administration, law and political philosophy will find this book intriguing.

Fiscal Federalism (Paperback): Wallace E. Oates Fiscal Federalism (Paperback)
Wallace E. Oates
R782 Discovery Miles 7 820 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This reprinted edition of a classic and truly seminal book, written by one of the leading thinkers in the field, represents the first comprehensive treatment of the economic theory of multi-level government. It explores the specific economic roles of the various levels of government, the assignment of different forms of taxation to central, state (provincial), and local governments, and the fiscal links between tiers of government provided by intergovernmental grants. This reprinted edition includes a new preface that briefly describes the origins of the book and comments on the evolution of the theory and practice of fiscal federalism since its original publication. The primary interest in the book will come from scholars and graduate students interested in multi-level public finance and public economics.

Modelling the Composition of Government Expenditure (Hardcover): John Creedy, Solmaz Moslehi Modelling the Composition of Government Expenditure (Hardcover)
John Creedy, Solmaz Moslehi
R1,946 Discovery Miles 19 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The composition of government expenditure varies considerably across countries. The aim of this book is to explore the choice of expenditure using a range of modelling approaches. The models allow for different economic environments, involving the types of expenditure considered, the time period of analysis and the behaviour of individuals. The composition of expenditure is examined using majority voting and public finance frameworks, where the latter involves maximisation of a social welfare function involving a trade-off between equity and efficiency. Special attention is given to expenditure on transfer payments, public goods and education. Empirical analyses are also carried out, using data for a wide range of countries, where potential orders of magnitude of various components of the models are obtained. The models help in considering important factors and the inter-relationships involved. In particular, a synthesis is provided which allows special consideration of the role of basic inequality in influencing expenditure patterns. The book will be of considerable value to students and researchers interested in public economics.

Performance Auditing - Contributing to Accountability in Democratic Government (Hardcover): Jeremy Lonsdale, Peter Wilkins, Tom... Performance Auditing - Contributing to Accountability in Democratic Government (Hardcover)
Jeremy Lonsdale, Peter Wilkins, Tom Ling
R2,546 Discovery Miles 25 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This state-of-the-art book examines the development of performance audit, drawing on the experience in a number of different countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The expert contributors identify the trajectory of performance audit, examine how it is conducted and consider what it is contributing to effective government. They conclude that, in the face of new challenges, performance auditors should focus both on their core responsibilities to ensure accountability, and continue to develop more insightful and sophisticated approaches to enable them to assess the growing complexity of the delivery of public services. By doing so, they can continue to play a valuable role in democratic accountability. Providing an up-to-date overview and discussion of performance audit, this highly topical book will appeal to all those working within audit, academics working in the fields of public management and public administration, as well practitioners in and close to state audit institutions. Members of Parliament, evaluators, internal auditors, researchers, policy analysts and consultants will also find this book invaluable.

Recent Developments in Public Finance (Hardcover): Vito Tanzi, Howell H Zee Recent Developments in Public Finance (Hardcover)
Vito Tanzi, Howell H Zee
R11,599 Discovery Miles 115 990 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This authoritative collection presents seminal papers from leading academics charting recent developments in public finance. The two-volume set encompasses numerous sections including the public sector in a market economy, market imperfections, growth implications of public policies and efficiency and distributive implications of public policies. Professor Tanzi and Dr Zee have selected key papers to reflect the scholarly debates and pivotal arguments surrounding this field of study. This indispensable collection, with an original introduction by the editors, will be of immense value to students, scholars and practitioners interested in this topical and relevant subject.

Effective Federalism and Local Finance (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio Effective Federalism and Local Finance (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio
R11,837 Discovery Miles 118 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Fiscal federalism has been the subject of much scholarly debate over the years. These volumes successfully bring together seminal articles from the past fifty years to demonstrate how the focus has evolved from `first generation' to `second generation' theories of intergovermental relations. The editors enhance the collection with detailed analyses of how competition affects relations between varying levels of government, and examine the hypotheses underlying the theory of fiscal federalism. This set of authoritative papers will be an indispensable reference source for scholars and practitioners in this field.

Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure - Principles of Policy and Finance (Hardcover, 2nd edition): E.R Yescombe,... Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure - Principles of Policy and Finance (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
E.R Yescombe, Edward Farquharson
R1,976 R1,528 Discovery Miles 15 280 Save R448 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure - Principles of Policy and Finance, Second Edition explains how public private partnerships are prepared, procured, financed, and managed from both the public- and private-sector perspectives. As the use of public private partnerships continues to develop world-wide, both in the area of public policy and private financing and contracting, the Second Edition of this leading textbook: Captures and explains the latest approaches, providing a comprehensive all-round guide for those on both the public- and private-sector sides of the table Emphasises a step-by-step approach within a comprehensive, cross-referenced format Includes clear explanations of PPP evaluation, structuring and financing concepts for the benefit of those new to the topic: no prior knowledge is assumed or required Provides detailed reference points for more experienced practitioners Draws from the authors' experience and practice in PPP markets worldwide to provide a perspective on practical application of the key underlying principles Includes an extensive glossary of technical and financial terms used in the PPP sector

Public Investment, Growth and Fiscal Constraints - Challenges for the Eu New Member States (Hardcover): Massimo Florio Public Investment, Growth and Fiscal Constraints - Challenges for the Eu New Member States (Hardcover)
Massimo Florio
R2,425 Discovery Miles 24 250 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book makes a unique contribution in advancing understanding of the fiscal condition and growth potential of the New Member States of the European Union. It provides new data, policy evaluation, and offers national and regional perspectives. The core research questions are the effect of public investment in the context of macroeconomic disequilibrium and how it is possible to finance capital accumulation in the present and future conditions of mounting public sector debt. The contributors reveal that there is now a convincing case for public investment as an essential driver of convergence and growth in Europe. However, a new international and inter-generational fiscal pact to frame a more optimistic view of the role of government is needed. This book explores how public investment matters for growth, how fiscal conditions may support investment, and the role EU regional policy can have in terms of structural change and investment needs. Public Investment, Growth and Fiscal Constraints provides new data analyses on the EU New Member States in Central and Eastern Europe making it an essential tool for academics, students and practitioners interested in public finance and European Economics. The structural and public finance issues in these former transition economies raised in this book will also strongly appeal to policymakers, officials and consultants. The book is based on an independent research project of the University of Milan, supported by the European Investment Bank.

Decentralization in Developing Countries - Global Perspectives on the Obstacles to Fiscal Devolution (Hardcover): Jorge... Decentralization in Developing Countries - Global Perspectives on the Obstacles to Fiscal Devolution (Hardcover)
Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Francois Vaillancourt
R3,404 Discovery Miles 34 040 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This insightful study examines the decentralization experiences from 15 countries in different regions of the world. All of these countries have actively attempted to decentralize, or continue to do so, and have faced obstacles serious enough to either derail or significantly delay their decentralization objectives. Decentralization in Developing Countries evaluates the main obstacles to the decentralization process. The contributors expertly discuss the flaws in the decentralization design, resistance from those holding traditional or central power and, uniquely, weak central governments. They then extract lessons for policymakers, regarding what may be done and what should ideally be avoided. This important book focuses on how to implement decentralization plans as whole complete processes, rather than examining individual aspects of decentralization. It will therefore prove invaluable for academics and researchers of development economics, public finance and in particular decentralization. Employees of various bodies, including DFID, UNDP, the World Bank, as well as other development banks and bilateral aid organizations, will also find it an informative resource.

Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis - Looking for Reasonable Shortcuts (Hardcover): Gines De-Rus Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis - Looking for Reasonable Shortcuts (Hardcover)
Gines De-Rus
R2,065 Discovery Miles 20 650 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Gines de Rus incorporates the latest thinking on issues such as the treatment of risk and uncertainty, and the importance of institutional arrangements in ensuring the correct use of the technique. These issues are blended seamlessly into the relevant case studies, rather than treated as optional extras, as in some texts. The case studies themselves are at the centre of current debate and controversy, including the need for high-speed rail lines and the case for the privatisation of water supply. Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis is intended as a graduate and advanced undergraduate textbook. Nevertheless, economists and other practitioners involved in the economic evaluation of projects will also find the book extremely useful.

Fiscal Reforms in the Middle East - VAT in the Gulf Cooperation Council (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Abdulrazak Al Faris Fiscal Reforms in the Middle East - VAT in the Gulf Cooperation Council (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Abdulrazak Al Faris
R2,545 Discovery Miles 25 450 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This insightful book focuses on the role of fiscal policy in common markets, especially in the context of the supranational constructs in the Gulf Cooperation Council, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. It draws on the experience of the EU and the importance of VAT, and reflects on the other main common market in Central America. Although oil windfalls have opened a window of opportunity for the Gulf States, at the same time they have created numerous problems. In particular, the uncertainty associated with periods of boom and bust in the oil market has made the formulation and implementation of sound fiscal policies a formidable task. In this study, the distinguished authors present the background to current fiscal reforms and address the critical challenges facing the Gulf States including the choice between consumption and saving (or current needs and future requirements); intra-generational equity issues; the pro-cyclicality of fiscal policy; fiscal sustainability and the prudent management of revenues from finite oil reserves. They examine the case for VAT to substantially replace customs duties, a significant source of non-oil revenue which would be lost as a result of free trade agreements between the GCC and key trading partners. They also demonstrate how an agreed design for VAT would assist in furthering economic integration, and enhance trade and exports. If properly sequenced, VAT would have a negligible impact on both inflation and the poor, and would be progressive in relation to the customs duties replaced. This highly topical book will be of great interest to academics specializing in public sector economics and public finance, and to national and international policymakers involved in fiscal reform.

The Political Economy of Taxation - Lessons from Developing Countries (Hardcover): Paola Profeta, Simona Scabrosetti The Political Economy of Taxation - Lessons from Developing Countries (Hardcover)
Paola Profeta, Simona Scabrosetti
R1,871 Discovery Miles 18 710 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Taxation is a major issue in the economic and political spheres. This book focuses on a sample of developing countries from Asia and Latin America that experienced an economic and democratic transition during the period 1990-2004. Using a unique dataset the authors show that tax revenue is higher in more democratic regimes, consistent with the standard view that democracies have to satisfy the redistributive needs of the electorate. They also find that a second relationship between the level of democracy and the composition of taxes (mainly direct versus indirect) is much harder to predict. However, a comparison with new EU member states suggests that more mature democracies are associated with higher levels of direct tax. This unique book in a relatively under-researched subject area will prove essential reading for academics, researchers and practitioners focusing on political economy, public finance and the economics of taxation.

State and Local Fiscal Policy - Thinking Outside the Box? (Hardcover): Sally Wallace State and Local Fiscal Policy - Thinking Outside the Box? (Hardcover)
Sally Wallace
R2,304 Discovery Miles 23 040 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The last few decades have presented a new set of challenges and opportunities for public finances. Demographic trends have put substantial pressure on non-discretionary public expenditures such as health care, while legal challenges have put pressure on education financing. The author illustrates how these national trends have also impacted state and local finances - some directly, others indirectly. The economic downturn further constrains state and local governments' options for dealing with national trends. Constituents' sentiment toward the size of government further exacerbates fiscal choices for state and local governments. In this broad and illuminating volume, experts on public finance discuss innovations in state and local tax policy implemented or considered over the course of the last three decades. The authors provide original work that analyzes whether state and local governments have `gone outside the box' to deal with the strains of current public finances or have gotten along by adhering to the status quo. Well-known scholars in the area of state and local public finance consider actual practices and analyze potential policy changes for the future. Public policy and public finance scholars and students as well as policy makers will find much of interest in this impressive and original collection.

The Political Economy of Inter-Regional Fiscal Flows - Measurement, Determinants and Effects on Country Stability (Hardcover):... The Political Economy of Inter-Regional Fiscal Flows - Measurement, Determinants and Effects on Country Stability (Hardcover)
Nuria Bosch, Marta Espasa, Albert Sole Olle
R2,788 Discovery Miles 27 880 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Struggles over what a region receives, or should receive, from the budget of the central government are common to many countries. Discussions often focus on the measures of `net fiscal flows' or `fiscal balances' provided by the government or other actors. This unique book shows just how these flows are computed then interpreted and clarifies the often misunderstood economic and political motives that explain why some regions receive more monies than others. The Political Economy of Inter-Regional Fiscal Flows provides an overview of the main methods currently being used to measure `fiscal flows', highlighting the advantages of the different approaches and interpreting their results. The book reviews the political economy literature that analyses the determinants of inter-regional `fiscal flows'. Particular attention is devoted to the relationship between `fiscal flows' and country stability, with methodological contributions and country studies both focusing on this issue. The contributing economists and political scientists provide a state-of-the-art study that will prove to be of great use to academics and practitioners in public sector economics and finance.

Does Decentralization Enhance Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction? (Hardcover): Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio Does Decentralization Enhance Service Delivery and Poverty Reduction? (Hardcover)
Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio
R2,858 Discovery Miles 28 580 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Does decentralization enhance service delivery and poverty reduction? The expert contributors to this book address this fundamental question faced by policymakers and scholars in developing and advanced countries. The book illustrates that it is equally important for international agencies as well as bilateral donors to provide advice and assistance on decentralization that effectively supports poverty reduction. The volume builds on insights from the recent, political economy developments in the intergovernmental literature reviewed in the Handbook of Fiscal Federalism, and presents new empirical evidence on the effects of decentralization in different parts of the world. Policy-oriented papers evaluating the effectiveness of decentralized service delivery are presented. The role of institutions and the importance of sequencing of policies in ensuring effective outcomes are also considered. The volume presents some insightful empirical studies of the decentralization process from Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Africa. With a detailed empirical analysis of effective outcomes of public policies implemented at the sub-national level, and a focus on method, this book will be of great interest to academics specializing in public sector economics and public finance, and to national and international policymakers.

The Political Economy of Financing Scottish Government - Considering a New Constitutional Settlement for Scotland (Hardcover):... The Political Economy of Financing Scottish Government - Considering a New Constitutional Settlement for Scotland (Hardcover)
C. Paul Hallwood, Ronald MacDonald
R1,961 Discovery Miles 19 610 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Fiscal autonomy could raise economic growth and efficiency in Scotland, benefiting both Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. C. Paul Hallwood and Ronald MacDonald discuss how other reform proposals, which amount to cutting Scotland's block grant, would not be seen as legitimate by Scottish voters, and would be unlikely to reduce the burden on the Westminster budget. The authors demonstrate how public finances can be organized to minimize the price of tranquillity in multi-regional states. Advances proposed in the `new fiscal federalism' literature are used to explain why fiscal autonomy would be a superior system compared to the present block grant system and fiscal federalism, whereby Scotland would be granted limited tax powers. Their extensive review of recent econometric studies finds that tax devolution in other countries has been largely successful.

Fiscal Sociology and the Theory of Public Finance - An Exploratory Essay (Paperback): Richard E. Wagner Fiscal Sociology and the Theory of Public Finance - An Exploratory Essay (Paperback)
Richard E. Wagner
R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book advances a social-theoretic treatment of public finance, which contrasts with the typical treatment of government as an agent of intervention into a market economy. To start, Richard Wagner construes government not as an agent but as a polycentric process of interaction, just as is a market economy. The theory of markets and the theory of public finance are thus construed as complementary components of a broader endeavor of social theorizing, with both seeking to provide insight into the emergence of generally coordinated relationships within society. The author places analytical focus on emergent processes of development rather than on states of equilibrium, and with much of that development set in motion by conflict among people and their plans. Some of the book's defining characteristics include: * Budgets emerge through organizationally constituted political entrepreneurship * Government is construed as a process of interaction and participation and not as a unitary entity of intervention * Government and markets are incorporated into a unified theory of property which is traced to human nature and its requirements for both autonomy and solidarity. Richard Wagner's book will be of interest to researchers in public finance, public choice, Austrian economics, political science and public policy.

The Public Sector in Japan - Past Developments and Future Prospects (Hardcover): Takero Doi, Toshihiro Ihori The Public Sector in Japan - Past Developments and Future Prospects (Hardcover)
Takero Doi, Toshihiro Ihori
R2,568 Discovery Miles 25 680 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides the reader with the basis for a theoretical understanding of public-sector finance in general - and more specifically, a comprehensive, policy-oriented application of that understanding to Japanese public finance. Particular emphasis is placed upon developing tools which can be used both theoretically and empirically to clarify essential economic concerns in Japan's public sector. These include the macroeconomic incidence of fiscal decentralization, dependence on government bonds for covering fiscal deficits, and social security reform. In analyzing Japan's underperforming public sector, the authors develop and recommend policy solutions aimed at achieving Japan's growth potential, improving the quality of the public sector, and strengthening the sector's contribution to the Japanese economy. Guiding the reader toward an overall understanding of public-sector reforms, decentralization and fiscal policy in Japan, this book will strongly appeal to academics, students and researchers with an interest in modern public finance theory and macroeconomic analysis.

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