Public budgeting structure, process, legal framework and policy
with examples from industrialized and developing countries
"Public Budgeting in Context" examines budgeting at all levels
of U.S. government--federal, state, and local--and in a sample of
governments around the world. The book assesses the context of
public budgeting in these governments, especially the legal
foundations for its practice and how the process and final budgets
are impacted by governance structures, laws, various budget actors
and different branches of government. The author presents focused
attention on the influences on government budgets of the executive,
legislative and judicial branches of government, the bureaucracy,
the public and the media. In light of worldwide fiscal malaise,
especially during and since the Great Recession, this book
illustrates the heightened complexity of the budgeting environment
that pervades all governments today--industrialized or developing,
large or small.
For those who like to dive into the details, the book presents
numerous examples of public budgeting as practiced and points to
the wealth of data available for analyses of the budgetary context
and process, budget shares and results regarding virtually any
government of interest. Chapters cover the constitutional and
statutory provisions for budgeting in selected governments. Budget
and policy agenda setting and executive leadership, legislative
budget powers and the influence of the judiciary on modern
government budgets are exposed. Budget execution requirements of
the bureaucracy, the input of customers, clients and citizens to
government budgets, and media influences on public budgets and
agencies are highlighted. Budget mechanics--budget types, formats,
timelines and reforms--are introduced and compared. Taxes and
intergovernmental revenues are considered, with predominant tax
choices at every level of government in the United States and those
in a select, developing country represented. The book introduces an
emerging method for investigating the outcomes of government
spending--human rights budget analysis--and includes as an example
the assessment of budget reform and results of public health
spending in one selected government.
Highlights of "Public Budgeting in Context"Offers a
comprehensive text for understanding public budgeting in
governments of a variety of contexts and capacities and across
different levelsWritten by a noted expert in the field of public
budgeting and financial managementContains illustrative examples
from industrialized and developing countriesGuides to innumerable
datasets with information about governments and their
budgetsIncludes a companion website filled with templates for
budget and fiscal analysis
Unravel the complex issues of modern public budgeting using this
unique presentation of its practice in a variety of governments in
the U.S. and a select sample from around the world.
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