Public Budgeting: Policy, Process and Politics

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Some of the best writings on public budgeting and finance can be found in the journals that ASPA publishes or sponsors. For this volume editor Irene Rubin has brought together the best of these articles--emerging classics that address the most important theoretical and practical problems underlying public budgeting. The anthology is organized topically rather than historically, with an effort to delineate the issues needed to understand some of the more recent controversies in the field. Rubin's introductory essay and section openers frame the key issues and provide historical context for each article. The collection begins with descriptions of what public budgeting is, where it comes from, and what it is for. It moves on to the relationship between budget processes and outcomes, constraints on budgeting, the legal context in which it operates, and adaptations to those constraints such as contracting out. The book concludes with a discussion of the ethics and norms that underlie budgeting in a democracy. Throughout the anthology, the emphasis is on areas of disagreement and debate, so students can get involved and explore different viewpoints.

Table of Contents

What Is a Public Budget? Origins and Purposes
Making "Common Sense" Out of Federal Budgeting
Who Invented Public Budgeting in the United States?
The Road to PPB: The Stages of Budget Reform
Budgeting in a Democracy: Institutional Arrangements
Paradox, Ambiguity, and Enigma: The Strange Case of the Executive Budget and the United States Constitution
The Executive Budget: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed?
The End of Executive Dominance in State Appropriations
Budgeting by the Ballot: Initiatives in the State of Montana
The Roles of the Key Budget Actors and Decision Making
Role of the Executive Budget Office
The Office of Management and Budget in a Changing Scene
The Shifting Roles of State Budget Offices in the Midwest: Gosling Revisited
The Courts-When and How They Intervene
Courts and Public Purse Strings: Have Portraits of Budgeting Missed Something?
The Bureaucracy
Federal Agency Budget Officers: Who Needs Them?
The Budget-Minimizing Bureaucrat? Empirical Evidence from the Senior Executive Service
Police Budgeting: Winning Strategies
Aaron Wildavsky and the Demise of Incrementalism
Decision Strategies of the Legislative Budget Analyst: Economist or Politician?
The Budget Process
Ten Years of the Budget Act: Still Searching for Controls
Deficit Politics and Constitutional Government: The Impact of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings
The Budget Enforcement Act and Its Survival: Congress Hears from Experts
Does Budget Format Really Govern the Actions of Budgetmakers?
Participatory Democracy and Budgeting: The Effects of Proposition 13
Changes in Intergovernmental Fiscal Patterns
At What Price? Costs of Federal Mandates Since the 1980s
The Inflexibility of Contemporary Budgets
Re-establishing Budgetary Flexibility
Entitlement Budgeting vs. Bureau Budgeting
Tax and Expenditure Limitations
Constraint and Uncertainty: Budgeting in California
Restraint in a Land of Plenty: Revenue and Expenditure Limitations in Texas
Court Decisions and Constitutional Rights
Budgeting Rights: The Case of Jail Litigation
Privatization and Contracting
Competition and Choice in New York City Social Services
The Need for a Privatization Process: Lessons from Development and Implementation
Budget Norms and Ethics
Budgetary Balance: The Norm, Concepts, and Practice in Large U.S. Cities
Federal Budget Concept-Bright Lines or Black Holes?
Accountability and Entrepreneurial Public Management: The Case of the Orange County Investment Fund
The Lottery and Education: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?
The Monster That Ate the United States Senate
About the Editor
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