Fiscal Challenges: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Budget Policy

Fiscal Challenges: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Budget Policy

by Elizabeth Garrett, Elizabeth A. Graddy, Howell E. Jackson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521877318

ISBN-13: 9780521877312

Pub. Date: 01/07/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Fiscal Challenges: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Budget Policy brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines to explore the problems of budget policy. The authors, including top economists, political scientists, historians, psychologists, and legal scholars, together provide a unique, multidisciplinary introduction to the subject. In addition

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Fiscal Challenges: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Budget Policy brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines to explore the problems of budget policy. The authors, including top economists, political scientists, historians, psychologists, and legal scholars, together provide a unique, multidisciplinary introduction to the subject. In addition to an in-depth analysis of congressional budget procedures and the economics of federal deficits and debt, Fiscal Challenges explores important recent developments in budget policy at the state level and in the European Union. The goal of the volume is to offer readers wide-ranging perspectives on the many different academic disciplines and perspectives that bear on the evaluation of budgetary procedures and their reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521877312
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Contributors xi

Part 1 The Law and Politics of Fiscal Policy

Introduction 1

1 The Congressional Budget Process William G. Dauster 4

2 Budget Gimmicks Cheryl D. Blocks 39

3 Transparency in the U.S. Budget Process Elizabeth Garrett Adrian Vermeule 68

4 European Experiences with Fiscal Rules and Institutions Jüet;rgen von Hagen 103

Part 1 Bibliography 130

Part 2 Understanding Federal Deficits and Public Debt

Introduction 139

5 Economic Perspectives on Federal Deficits and Debt Michael J. Boskin 141

6 Counting the Ways: The Structure of Federal Spending Howell E. Jackson 185

7 Starving the Beast: The Political Psychology of Budget Deficits Jonathan Baron Edward J. McCaffery 221

Part 2 Bibliography 242

Part 3 Budgeting and Fiscal Constraints at the State Level

Introduction 249

8 Budgetary Arrangements in the 50 States: In Search of Model Practices Juliet Ann Musso Elizabeth A. Graddy Jennifer Bravo Grizard 251

9 The Calculus of Constraint: A Critical Review of State Fiscal Institutions Tracy M. Gordon 271

10 When Does the Ballot Box Limit the Budget? Politics and Spending Limits in California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington Thad Kousser Mathew D. McCubbins Kaj Rozga 290

Part 3 Bibliography 322

Part 4 Intergovernmental Aspects of Budget Policy

Introduction 329

11 Dysfunctional or Optimal Institutions? State Debt Limitations, the Structure of State and Local Governments, and the Finance of American Infrastructure John Joseph Wallis Barry R. Weingast 331

12 Federal-State Budgetary Interactions David A. Super 366

Part 4 Bibliography 396

Part 5 Judicial Powers and Budget Policy

Introduction 399

13 New Property,Entrenchment, and the Fiscal Constitution John Harrison 401

14 Courts, Constitutions, and Public Finance: Some Recent Experiences from the States Richard Briffault 418

Part 5 Bibliography 446

Index 451

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