Legislative Oversight and Budgeting : A World Perspective

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  • Copyright: 2008-09-15
  • Publisher: World Bank

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In light of the increased focus on good governance, academics and legislative strengthening practitioners are re-examining parliament's oversight function with a view to increasing public financial accountability, curbing corruption, and contributing to poverty reduction.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Overviewp. 7
Tools for legislative oversight: an empirical investigationp. 9
Oversight and democracy reconsideredp. 29
Oversight and the budget processp. 49
The legislature and the budgetp. 51
Budgets - an accountant's perspectivep. 67
Assessing the power of the purse: an index of legislative budget institutionsp. 79
The role of the legislature in the budget drafting process: a comparative reviewp. 99
A note on what happens if no budget is passed before the fiscal year beginsp. 111
Public accounts committeesp. 117
The value of a nonpartisan, independent, objective analytical unit to the legislative role in budget preparationp. 131
Legislative budget offices: international experiencep. 141
Country case studiesp. 159
Administrative review and oversight: the experience of postcommunist legislaturesp. 161
Separation of powers and legislative oversight in Russiap. 173
Administrative review and oversight: the experience of Westminsterp. 183
Explaining patterns of oversight in Brazilian subnational governmentsp. 193
Evolving patterns of legislative oversight in Indonesiap. 201
Legislative oversight and the Israeli committee system: problems and solutionsp. 217
Parliamentary oversight of defense in South Africap. 229
Keeping a watchful eye? Parliaments and the politics of budgeting in Latin Americap. 243
Does parliament make a difference? The role of the Italian parliament in financial policyp. 267
Legislative budgeting in the Czech Republicp. 279
Budget accountability and legislative oversight in transition: the case of post-Suharto Indonesiap. 293
Establishment of Uganda's parliamentary budget office and parliamentary budget committeep. 311
Conclusions: legislatures and administration in oversight and budgets: constraints, means, and executivesp. 323
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