Controlling Public Expenditure: The Changing Roles of Central Budget Agencies - Better Guardians?

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Wanna (politics and public policy, Griffith University, Australia) presents work on the changing nature and role of Central Budget Agencies (CBAs) in ten countries, highlighting a spectrum of different institutional and constitutional contexts. International contributors offer detailed accounts of experiences within their respective CBAs, set against the changing political environment in which they operate. A recurring theme is the agenda-setting role of CBAs. An attempt has been made to incorporate external scholarly analyses with internal practitioner views. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843760436
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/3/2003
  • Pages: 336

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Introduction: the Changing Role of Central Budget Agencies
1 'Good Practice: Does it Work in Theory?' Australia's Quest for Better Outcomes 1
2 Zen and the Art of Budget Management: the New Zealand Treasury 30
3 'Above the Fray': the Role of the US Office of Management and Budget 57
4 Metamorphosis in Kafka's Castle: the Changing Balance of Power among the Central Budget Agencies of Canada 85
5 Control through Negotiated Agreements: the Changing Role of the Treasury in Controlling Public Expenditure in Britain 106
6 No Revolution in Sight: the Evolving Roles of the Central Budget Agency in Sweden 126
7 A 'Super-Ministry' or a Void of Politics? The Transformation of the Dutch Central Budget Agency: the Ministry of Finance 144
8 Aiming for Centrality: the Politico-administrative Strategies of the Danish Ministry of Finance 166
9 Tempering the Rechtsstaat: Managing Expenditure in Re-unified Germany 193
10 Not so Much a Model, More a Way of Life: China's Fragmented Authoritarianism in Budgetary Management 211
11 How do Sub-national Budget Agencies Operate? Experiences from Six Mid-west American States 231
12 Conclusion: Better Guardians? 251
References 271
Index 292
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