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The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process Paperback – September 4, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0815777359 ISBN-10: 0815777353 Edition: third edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press; third edition edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815777353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815777359
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Schick's] mastery of the arcana of the budget process is on abundant display here.... The volume is indispensable for students and teachers of public policy and public administration." —S.E. Schier, Choice, 10/11/2000

"Award: Outstanding Economic Title" —Irving Rockwood, Choice, 10/30/2000

"This expansion and revision of the 1995 book describes the stages of executive and legislative budgeting and assesses the impact of budget rules on policy decisions. Schick explains how we went from deficit to surplus, analyzes proposals for changes in the rules, and examines problems in current practices." — Public Administration Review, 1/1/2001

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Allen Schick is a visiting fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. His other books include The Budget Puzzle: Understanding Federal Spending (Stanford University Press, 1994), with Timothy J. Muris and John F. Cogan, and The Capacity to Budget (Urban Institute, 1990).

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Dr. Schick's book is outstanding. If you use this book in the classroom or teach the congressional or federal budget process, you should also look at the Congressional Operations Poster.
One side of the poster covers the federal budget process, with a flowchart that is very useful when teaching about the federal or congressional budget process. (But don't take my word that the poster is useful - I have seen it hanging in federal agency offices in Washington, DC.) The publisher, TheCapitol.Net, has more information about the poster, and many useful links, on their web site:
Best bet is to buy Dr. Shick's book and the Congressional Operations Poster.
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This book analyzes political and economic aspects of U.S federal budget. We can learn U.S budget institutions and history by reading this book. Professor Schick especially focuses on political aspect and budget process. According to his opinion, politics means change and process means stability+incrementalism. I absolutely agree with his opinion because government budget has two features together. Also, we can learn the general budget cycle and government accounting by reading this book. If you are interested in macro-economic fiscal policy, you just need to read macro-economics textbook(Mankiw or Krugman)together. Good Luck.
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