Politics of Public Budgeting: Getting and Spending, Borrowing and Balancing, 6th Edition

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Public budgeting is inherently political: too often, short-term partisan goals overrun long-term public interest. By presenting federal, state, and local budgeting within a clear, comparative framework, Rubin&BAD:rs"s classic text focuses on the issues of federalism and the political jockeying that influences all governmental budgets. Updated throughout to account for recent issues in budgeting, the sixth edition includes coverage of the Alternative Minimum Tax controversy, mayoral vetoes, state legislatures&BAD:rs" role in the budgeting process, conflicts between inspectors general and executives, PART evaluations, and more. In addition, Rubin now pays even greater attention to budgeting within state and local systems, incorporating examples from across the nation and better preparing students for future careers at all levels of government. Analyzing each strand of the decision-making process, Rubin shows the extraordinary coordination involved in passing a budget and achieving accountability.

Author Biography

Irene S. Rubin is professor emeritus of political science in the Division of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University. Her research focuses on public budgeting, qualitative methodologies, and contracting, especially for water and wastewater treatment. She is interested in budget implementation as "well, with particular respect to inspector General systems. Professor Rubin is the author of many articles and several books on public budgeting, including Balancing the Federal Budget. Trimming the Herds or Eating the Seed Corn? and a history of municipal budgeting, Class, Tax, and Power: Municipal Budgeting in the United States. She is a former editor of the Public Administration Review and Public Budgeting and Finance. She has served as a municipal finance adviser, a board member of the NIU annuitants association, and outside editor for the Government Finance Officers Association. She holds a master's degree in East Asian studies and a PhD in sociology.

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Minicasesp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
The Politics of Public Budgetsp. 1
What Is Budgeting?p. 3
Minicase: The Time Dimension of Budgeting-Pensions in San Diegop. 5
Governmental Budgetingp. 6
Minicase: City Manager Replies to Scathing Budget Critiquep. 9
Minicase: Doctoring Audit Reportsp. 21
Minicase: Unfunded Mandates-No Child Left Behindp. 22
Minicase: Highly Constrained Budgeting-Colorado's TABOR Amendmentp. 25
The Meaning of Politics in Public Budgetingp. 26
Budgetary Decision Makingp. 28
Microbudgeting and Macrobudgetingp. 31
Summary and Conclusionsp. 34
Revenue Politicsp. 35
Raising Taxesp. 36
Minicase: Alabama Governor's $1.2 Billion Tax Increase Defeatedp. 37
Minicase: A Successful Municipal Tax Increase in Dayton, Ohiop. 39
p. 44
Minicase: Tax Increment Financingp. 50
Minicase: Tax Breaks and Equityp. 51
Minicase: Rescuing the Middle Class from the Alternative Minimum Taxp. 58
Minicase: California and the Persistence of Tax Breaksp. 59
Minicase: Dell Computers and Tax Breaksp. 67
The Politics of Reformp. 67
Summary and Conclusionsp. 70
The Politics of Processp. 72
Minicase: California's Late Budgets and Dysfunctional Budget Rulesp. 73
Budget Process and the Characteristics of Public Budgetingp. 74
Macro and Micro Politicsp. 76
Designing Process to Achieve Policy and Political Goalsp. 77
Minicase: Republican Macro-Level Reform Proposalsp. 78
Minicase: Micro Politics-Bending the Rules to Win Individual Decisionsp. 80
Minicase: How the Governor's Veto is Usedp. 85
Variation between and among Federal, State, and Local Governmentsp. 89
Minicase: San Diego-Fiscal Problems, Strong Mayor, and Veto Powersp. 94
Summary and Conclusionsp. 99
The Dynamics of Changing Budget Processesp. 101
Overviewp. 102
Minicase: New York State and Pressure to Change the Formal Rulesp. 103
Minicase: The Executive and the Legislature in Florida's Budgetingp. 106
Major Changes in the Federal Budget Processp. 110
Minicase: Ad Hoc Scoring Rulesp. 121
Changes in Budget Process at the State Levelp. 123
Minicase: Maryland's Legislative Budget Powerp. 124
Minicase: South Carolina-An Example of a Legislatively Dominated Budget Processp. 127
Minicase: Nevada-Legislative Access to Agency Budget Requestsp. 129
Changes in Budget Process at the Local Levelp. 130
Minicase: Florida and Unfunded Mandatesp. 137
Summary and Conclusionsp. 141
Expenditures: The Politics of Choicep. 144
Strategies of Agency Heads or Program Directorsp. 146
Minicase: Linking State Department Funding to a Goal of Unlimited Valuep. 150
Minicase: GPRA and PART-Linking Effectiveness to Budget Allocationp. 151
Minicase: The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Boutique Programsp. 156
Top-Down Strategiesp. 160
Minicase: Earmark Corruption and Reformp. 165
Minicase: Calculating the Base in St. Paul, 2005p. 173
Minicase: Taking the Aviation Trust Fund Off-Budgetp. 180
The Environment Can Affect Spending Prioritiesp. 180
Analysis: Accountability and Acceptabilityp. 182
Summary and Conclusionsp. 183
The Politics of Balancing the Budgetp. 186
Balance as a Constraintp. 188
Minicase: Balance in the Federal Highway Trust Fundp. 189
Multiple Actors, Ideologies, and Deficitsp. 190
Minicase: California and the Politics of Acceptabilityp. 191
The Environment, Unpredictability, and Deficitsp. 193
Minicase: Wisconsin Confronts Deficitsp. 195
Increasing Stress between Payer and Deciderp. 197
The Politics of Deficits: The Federal Levelp. 201
Deficits in the Statesp. 210
Minicase: California and the Governor's Power to Rebalance theBudgetp. 213
Minicase: States Cut Revenues to Local Governments, 2008p. 217
The Politics of Balance in Citiesp. 220
Minicase: The Politics of Deficits-An Urban Examplep. 222
Summary and Conclusionsp. 224
Budget Execution: The Politics of Adaptationp. 226
Tools for Changing the Budgetp. 229
Minicase: Reprogramming in the Department of Defensep. 237
Minicase: Congress and the President Fight over Reprogrammingp. 241
Summary and Conclusionsp. 245
Budget Implementation and Controlp. 247
The Discretion-Abuse-Control Cyclep. 247
Minicase: Abuse and Controls at the Department of Defensep. 252
Minicase: Recent Examples of Salary Absorption225
Discretion and Control: The Politics of Finding Waste, Fraud, and Abusep. 258
Minicase: Tension at the CIAp. 262
Minicase: Getting Too Close to Administration- IGs at the Department of State and NASAp. 265
Minicase: The Massachusetts Inspector General versus the Council and the Mayorp. 278
Minicase: The New Orleans Inspector General-Delayed Implementationp. 279
Summary and Conclusionsp. 281
Budgetary Decision Making and Politicsp. 283
Real-Time Budgetingp. 283
A Comparison of the Decision-Making Streamsp. 287
Common Themesp. 288
Reconceptualizing Reformp. 295
Avenues for Researchp. 299
Summary and Conclusionsp. 301
Notesp. 303
Name Indexp. 319
Subject Indexp. 321
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