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The Politics of Public Budgeting: Getting and Spending, Borrowing and Balancing (Public Administration and Public Policy) 3rd Edition

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Irene S. Rubin is professor emeritus of political science in the division of public administration at Northern Illinois University. She is the author of a number of other books on public budgeting, including Balancing the Federal Budget: Trimming the Herds or Eating the Seed Corn?, Class, Tax and Power: Municipal Budgeting in the United States, and Shrinking the Federal Government. She edited the journal Public Budgeting and Finance for two years and Public Administration Review for three, and was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington in 1996.


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  • Series: Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Chatham House Pub; 3rd edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156643033X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566430333
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,406,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those of you who read Aaron Wildavsky's (1979) "Politics of the Budgetary Process" know the big debate over public budgeting between those who believe public budgeting process is politically incremental and, therefore, who focus mainly on the individual actors and their strategies, and those who propose a more comprehensive and global outlook that focus on dynamics in the larger environment, which subsequently affect and shape how individual actors behave and respond to episodes.
Rather than approaching public budgeting from the narrow perspective of incremental view of public budgeting, which sees budgeting as negotiations among a group of routine actors, bureaucrats, budget officials, chief executives, and legislators, who meet each year and bargain to resolution, in "The Politics of Public Budgeting" Rubin (2000) develops what she calls "real-time budgeting" perspective, which refers to the continual adjustment of decisions in each stream to decisions and information coming from other streams and from the environment. Streams include:
The Revenue Cluster: Revenue decisions include technical estimates of how much income will be available for the following year, assuming no change in the tax structures, and policy decisions about changes in the level or type of taxation. Will taxes be raised or lowered? Will tax breaks be granted, and if so, to whom, for what purpose. Which tax sources will be emphasized, which de-emphasized, with what effect on regions and economic classes, or on age groups?
The Budget Process Cluster: The process cluster concerns how to make budget decisions. Who should participate in the budget deliberations? How influential should interest groups be? How much power should the legislature have?
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The book is quite interesting. It provides very comprehensive analysis of public budgeting explaining it from local, state, federal levels. One of the pros is that the book is not concerned with boring budgeting terms but with policy explanation and changes. It gives you the broad view of how budgeting is done and how the budget cycle is affected by different environmental and policy changes. It flows well and is an excellent tool for somebody who wants to gain the knowledge of general budgeting rather than detailed budgeting. I would definitely recommend it.
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If you are involved in public policy this book should be your cornerstone for understanding the budget process. This book would also provide great insight for business professionals who market their products to public entities.
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The book was delivered on time just as promised. The book was in the condition described (new). good text book.
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