Managing Public Expenditure in Australia

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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - Political Science - 352 pages
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How do Australian governments budget? How well do they spend and manage our money?

Governments seem to be locked in a constant struggle with the problems of budgeting. Cabinet never has enough resources to go around, and while some agencies 'guard' public expenditure, others find endless ways to make new claims on budgets.

Managing Public Expenditure in Australia provides the first systematic analysis of government budgeting and the politics of the budgetary process. Drawing on extensive original sources, the authors examine debates and reforms in public finance from Whitlam and Fraser to Hawke, Keating and Howard, and assess their impacts on policy development. In tracking the way governments actually spend money, Managing Public Expenditure in Australia provides an alternate and complementary political history of federal government over the past forty years.

This book also includes accessible discussions on topics such as budget theory, financial management in government, and debt and deficit reduction. An explanation of new resource management techniques and initiatives help to illuminate the ongoing changes to budget and expenditure management practices.

This is an essential purchase for students, teachers and practitioners of public finance, and for anyone involved in the continuing debate over the nature and role of the public sector.

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1 Budgets and public expenditure in democratic society
2 Understanding the Australian budgetary system
the promise of early budget reforms
4 The enduring problem of Treasury
Humptys great fall
the paradox of the Fraser years
budget reform under Hawke
the FMIP and beyond
11 Cutting expenditures avoiding deficits and managing surpluses
12 Is public expenditure better managed now?
Prime Ministers Treasurers and Ministers for Finance Administration 19492000
Secretaries to the Departments of Prime Minister Cabinet Treasury and Finance Administration 19492000
A brief chronology of forward estimates in Australia 19652000
Functional allocation of Commonwealth outlays 197576 to 200304 as a proportion of total budget outlays
Real growth in Commonwealth outlays 196970 to 200102 for the general Government sector
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the Keating rollercoaster
expenditure management under Howard

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About the author (2003)

JOHN WANNA is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University. He is the co-author of Public Policy in Australia and Public Sector Management in Australia, and coeditor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration.

JOANNE KELLY is a principal research officer in Canada's Treasury Board Secretariat and a research associate of the Centre for Australian Public Sector Management (CAPSM).

JOHN FORSTER is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Griffith University. He is a founding member of CAPSM and coeditor with John Wanna of Budgetary Management and Control.

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