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Public Budgeting 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0830415157
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"I like the writing in the chapters I read of Nice's book; they are well written and I think would probably be accessible to all students."

About the Author

David Nice is professor of political science at Washington State University. He is the author of POLICY INNOVATION IN STATE GOVERNMENT: THE POLITICS OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS, 2nd ed. (with Patricia Fredericksen); AMTRAK: THE HISTORY AND POLITICS OF A NATIONAL RAILROAD; and POLITICS AND POLICY IN STATES AND COMMUNITIES, 7th ed. (with John Harrigan), along with numerous articles in professional journals.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (October 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830415157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830415151
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Public Budgeting by David Nice (Wadsworth, Thompson Learning:2002) is extremely informative. I was introduced to this text as a student at Southeastern University (Washington, DC). What I like most about this text is that it is amazingly thorough and unlike many of the textbooks I have come across as a student, contains abundant quality information in a textbook that is not burdensome to carry. Nice provides information about budgeting in a concise,clear manner. This text is filled with factual, objective accounts of the budget process.

In Public Budgeting, David Nice explores the stages of Public Budgeting from Budget Preparation to Budget Adoption and Budget Execution. The book even gives readers an inside look into the budget process by exploring subjects such as "how the economy affects government budgets", "public budgeting's effects on the economy", "intergovernmental aspects of public budgeting", and budget strategies. The budget strategies segment of the text was the most enjoyable to me because, as an aspiring public administrator - having read this text makes me feel more prepared to make informed decisions relating to public budgets in the career I am pursuing.

Overall, I couldn't suggest a better book to students of public budgeting. It really, really touches on all areas of budgeting and manages to be interesting, entertaining, and informative at once.

Highly recommended.
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This review is for my text book "Public Budgeting" by David Nice (Wadsworth, Thompson Learning: 2002). I purchased this book for one of my classes at Southeastern University in Washington, DC. The book was informative and while I understand that the intended audience members are not budget experts, I found the book slightly remedial in some areas, but overall it was thorough and Mr. Nice provides a great deal of information about budgeting in a relatively short book. This book is great for those with little or no previous knowledge of the public budgeting process.

One of the areas I did find useful in the book was his explanation of how the economy affects the budget process and some of the budget strategies that can be employed by administrators. Having had some exposure to the budget process (in the private sector) I found this book helpful considering my future career objectives in the public sector.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to graduate students as an entry level excursion into the public budgeting process. It provides most of the basic information needed to understand the process and it is easy to read and follow the thoughts and ideas of the author throughout.

I recommend this book without hesitation.
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Public Budgeting, by David Nice, drew from both political and policy budgetary literature and that of public administration and public finance. I really enjoyed this book because it explained the uses of public budgeting, major revenue sources and spending patterns at various levels of US government.

This book provided extensive information on the phases of creating and adopting a budget, and the relationship between budgeting and the economy. By reading the text, I concluded that David's goal for writing this book was to bridge the gap between public budgeting and public finance/financial administration in a way that a person at the basic level can comprehend.

After reading this book, I am well aware of the budget process and the budget reforms designed to change budgetary outcomes. This was a book I really enjoyed, and it will remain on my bookshelf for years to come.
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David Nice's Public Budgeting is a comprehensive guide that gives the reader a solid overview of the many aspects of budgeting as well as the restraints thereof. I found this book to be particularly helpful to my understanding of what a budget is. I would definitely reccomend this jargon free guide to public budgeting to others. It is an easy read.
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Nice, David. "Public Budgeting." Wadsworth Group. 2002.

David Nice is a professor of political science at Washington State University. "Public Budgeting" is a comprehensive book written to provide an understanding of the basic but essential aspects of government budget and policies as it relates to government budget management. I love this book because it is well-written, clear and concise. If I had to rename this book, it would be named "Public Budgeting for Dummies." As stated in the introduction paragraph of the first chapter "This book is an effort to make budgeting a little less baffling and mysterious" (p.2), it is a great educational tool for all colleges and universities.

This book focuses on the government's budget, process and analysis on the national level while including coverage on the state and local level. "Public Budgeting" begins with discussing the history and term "public budgeting" and its theories and strategies. The book breaks down details of each budget cycle with detailed attention on budget preparation. After reading this book, you will be ready to jump into any role of the budget process. "Chapter 4 through 8 will examine the individual phases in the process in more details." The book concludes with the last few chapters integrating public budgeting with economics as it relates to present and past economy while striving for future budget reform. There is never a dull moment, in fact, this book kept my attention from beginning to end and I was actually excited to read the whole book!

"Public Budgeting," by David Nice provides all you need to better understand public budgeting on the political and policy perspective. This book is written in laymen's terms and takes a complex subject as public budgeting and makes it easy to comprehend. I advise any student pursuing a degree in Public Administration, Finance and Political Science to read this book and make it a part of your library.
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