Budget Theory in the Public Sector

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Aman Khan, W. Bartley Hildreth
Quorum Books, Jan 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 297 pages

Dominated by multiple, competing, and occasionally overlapping theories, the act of budgeting is by no means a staid, dispiriting task. Kahn, Hildreth, and their group of scholars and practitioners show that budgeting is an institutional process, an incremental decision-making tool, and when correctly applied becomes a tribute to managerial and administrative efficiency. Taken together, the chapters provide an unusually coherent conceptual foundation for budgeting as a legitimate field of study, and demonstrate yet again that in its current state the field is truly eclectic but compartmentalized. They also show why it is so difficult to come up with one unified theory of budgeting--and that is one of the book's major benefits. It opens new areas of inquiry that, in the opinion of Khan, Hildreth, and others, will generate renewed interest in probing the field's theory and applications. Understandable and readable for those with limited knowledge of the subject but needing a sufficiently useful grasp of its various issues and problems, the book is both an important reference work for scholars in the field and a practical guide for students of administration, their teachers, and for managers throughout the public sector.

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AMAN KHAN is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Texas Tech University. He holds advanced degrees in planning and economics plus a doctorate in public administration. Previously Director of the Graduate Program in Public Administration at Texas Tech, he currently serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals, and edited an earlier Quorum book, Cost and Optimization in Government (2000).W. BARTLEY HILDRETH is Regents Distinguished Professor of Public Finance in the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs and the W. Frank Barton School of Business, Wichita State University. He is author of more than 150 articles, books, and book chapters, and has served as a city finance director and member of the National Council on State and Local Budgeting.

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