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Public Budgeting 1st Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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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This has to be the most efficient text book that I have ever read. Most books assigned to college courses are padded with useless pages to text. Read morePublished on March 14, 2006 by Jesse P. Schoolnik
This book was very concise and coherent. It was right to the point with no long excessive unnecessary information. Read morePublished on March 13, 2006 by Doritha N. Ross
The textbook titled "Public Budgeting" was written by the author David Nice and published by Wadsworth Group Publishing. Read morePublished on March 13, 2006 by Mary E. Cummings
Any student who hopes to have or any employee who has responsibilities in budgeting would want to read this book. Read morePublished on December 7, 2005 by O.L. Grier
David Nice's book Public Budgeting provides an overview of the Public Budgeting Process. His perspective is from the National, State and Local level. Read morePublished on December 6, 2005 by Marcia Davis
When I finally decided to take my Public Budgeting class I was a little hesitate in what kind of book it would be. Would it be complicated or easy to understand? Read morePublished on December 5, 2005 by Adrienne M. Washington
This textbook is a great resource for anyone who doesn't or has little knowledge of Public Budgeting. Read morePublished on December 2, 2005 by LaStar Matthews
Public Budgeting, written by David Nice, is one of the best textbooks I came across. The author is precise in his presentation of this complex subject. Read morePublished on November 30, 2005 by Mohamed K. Bangura