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Handbook of Government Budgeting

Handbook of Government Budgeting

Roy T. Meyers (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-787-94292-2

Nov 1998, Jossey-Bass

766 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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In this comprehensive reference, Roy T. Meyers provides an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to learn how the government budgeting process works, where it doesn't work, and how it can be improved. Filled with insights and wisdom from thirty-six contributors, this book presents an encyclopedic account of budgeting innovations today. Seven sections and twenty-nine chapters cover everything from current basic processes to the uncertain future of budgeting. Handbook of Government Budgeting is the definitive resource for anyone interested in the ways governments acquire and spAnd money.

Nationally and internationally respected experts such as Bob Bland, Naomi Caiden, James Chan, Philip Cooper, Larry Jones, A. Premchand, Irene Rubin, and Barry White offer the reader a full spectrum of information and ideas gleaned from a broad base of practice and research. The contributors are authorities in the fields of political science, economics, accounting, and management. They include executives, managers, analysts, consultants, and academics who have studied or worked with governments. The combined wisdom of these experts ensures the most concise, complete, and thought-provoking compilation concerning government budgeting today.

Each section of the Handbook of Government Budgeting presents multiple chapters offering different perspectives on budgetary subjects. Topics include: an overview of government budgeting; credit markets, the economy, and budget balancing; taxation in budgeting; the informational foundations of budgeting; budgeting by institutions; politics, management, and analysis in budgeting; and budgeting over time for large amounts. This comprehensive volume will prove a priceless tool to government professionals as well as professors of budgeting courses. Budgeting students and practitioners will find up-to-date information on the latest budget issues and politics in governments across federal, state, and local levels.

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Features of the Budgetary Process (J. McCaffery).

Understanding the Role of Conflict in Budgeting (I. Rubin).

Financial Management Reform in the Federal Government (L. Jones & J. McCaffery).

Budgetary Management in the United States and in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (A. Premchand).


Understanding and Using Government Financial Statements (J. Engstrom).

The Changing World of State and Local Debt Finance (M. Hackbart & J. Ramsey).

State and Local Government Budgeting: Coping with the Business Cycle (M. Wolkoff).

The Federal Budget and Economic Management (V. Ooms, et al.).

The Rhetoric and Reality of Balancing Budgets (N. Caiden).


The Major Tax Bases (J. Gravelle).

Addressing Tax Expenditures in the Budgetary Process (B. Davie).

Practical Methods for Projecting Revenues (S. Bretschneider & W. Gorr).

The Politics of Taxation (S. Pollack).


The Bases of Accounting for Budgeting and Financial Reporting (J. Chan).

Cost Measurement and Analysis (F. Thompson).

Information Technology for Financial Management (R. Miranda).


Preparing Agency Budgets (J. Rogers & M. Brown).

Examining Budgets for Chief Executives (B. White).

Legislatures and Budgeting (R. Meyers).

Courts and Fiscal Decision Making (P. Cooper).


Cutback Budgeting (J. Savage & H. Schwartz).

Strategies for Spending Advocates (R. Meyers).

Budget Implementation (R. Handrick & J. Forrester).

Performance-Based Budgeting (P. Joyce).

Analytical Techniques for Budgeting (M. Mandell).


Budgeting for Capital Improvements (R. Bland & W. Clarke).

Budgeting for Entitlements (J. White).

Budgeting for Contingent Losses (M. Phaup & D. Torregrosa).


The Future of Government Budgeting (R. Meyers).
"Handbook of Government Budgeting not only covers traditional ground but the cutting edge of contemporary budget issues. For the instructor, this book provides a valuable new source of analysis of both familiar issues and newer areas that are of increasing importance. For the practitioner, the book provides an excellent source of authoritative information across a wide range of specialties. Roy Meyers has included authors who have been pioneers in the development of new budgetary techniques, and whose work is normally available only to insiders." (David G. Mathiasen, former senior executive, White House Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. General Accounting Office)

"Handbook of Government Budgeting represents a well-thought-out design which will support most standard textbooks in the field. It features well-written works by many of today's best budget thinkers: individuals who are at the cutting edge of many budgeting areas. This stimulating book will be of great value to both undergraduate and graduate budgeting courses and to practitioners who have an interest in current budgetary thinking. Professor Meyer's contribution should serve our field well for a number of years." (Richard E. Zody, professor, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, and director, Institute for Public Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University)

"This is a fine text for guiding novitiates and seasoned budgeters alike through the vast variety of disciplines that make up the world of budget and finance. The book strikes an effective balance between essential technical processes and the political realities embedded in spAnding the public's money." (Karen A. Stanford, executive director, Florida Commission on Government Accountability to the People)