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From the Publisher"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