Budgetary Politics in American Governments / Edition 5

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The public budgeting process intensifies political competition at all levels of the U.S. federal system. Gosling clearly explains the intergovernmental dynamics of the actors, institutions, and processes of U.S. public budgeting at the local, state, and federal levels—both now and through changes of the last several decades. This edition examines tax policy in the 2008 presidential elections, budgeting for military expenditures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the challenges facing state and local governments during budget shortfalls. Updates throughout focus on fiscal policy and budgetary politics during the George W. Bush administration and projections into Obama’s presidency. In addition, Gosling adds a new chapter on the nuts and bolts of the budgetary process, focused on the implications of budget formats for political outcomes.

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"This thoroughly updated edition of Budgetary Politics in American Governments retains the comprehensive coverage, excellent organization, and clear writing that have been the hallmarks of previous editions. The new chapter on budget organization and structure enhances what already is a superb book. Gosling skillfully explains how government budgeting influences and is influenced by both politics and the economy. Students of American government and politics should read it; students of budgeting and finance must read it."

Thomas P. Lauth, Dean, School of Public and International Affairs, The University of Georgia

"The French economist Bastiat said, ‘The State is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.’ But budgets are where this fiction goes to die. Gosling provides the most comprehensive, most readable, and in some ways most alarming, discussion of budgets now available in the academic book market. No other book is as straightforward, or as clear. And no other book is as matter-of-fact in demonstrating that doing nothing is no longer an option. If you want to know the problems we will face now, and in the next 20 years, read this book."

Michael C. Munger, Chair, Political Science, Duke University

"An excellent new text for courses that cover government budgeting. It covers most of the bases that other budget text do but does it in a more 'student friendly' way. A notable feature is the three chapters that cover federal, state and local budgeting."

Joseph Heim, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415995115
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/23/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James J. Gosling has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Utah. His other recent books include Economics, Politics, and American Public Policy (2008); Politics and Policy in American States and Communities, Seventh Edition (2010); and Understanding, Informing, and Appraising Public Policy (2004).

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Table of Contents

1. Public Budgeting in Perspective 2. Budgetary Decision Making 3. Budget Organization and Structure 4. Economics and Politics 5. Taxing and Spending 6. National Budgeting 7. Budgeting in the States 8. Budgeting in Local Units of Government 9. Budget Execution and Financial Management 10. Patterns of Stability and Change in Public Budgeting

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