Public Budgeting Systems

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2008 - Business & Economics - 757 pages
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A complete and balanced reference, Public Budgeting Systems, Eighth Edition surveys the current state of budgeting throughout all levels of the United States government. The text emphasizes methods by which financial decisions are reached within a system as well as ways in which different types of information are used in budgetary decision-making. It also stresses the use of program information, since, for decades, budget reforms have sought to introduce greater program considerations into financial decisions. This updated text includes more cases studies and practical information, figures and charts to make the information more accessible, as well as additional student problems. Using this text, students will gain a first-rate understanding of methods by which financial decisions are reached within a system, and how different types of information are used in budgetary decision-making.

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it is a fantastic effort as third world countries will use the book for reference purposes it has add value to budgeting processes in my country.

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This is the required text for my Public Budget & Finance course. Over all it isn't bad, but the authors are not very concise or organized. The text tends to meander from subject to subject within the same section of the same chapter with little effort made to connect those subjects in any meaningful way. There are numerous references to other chapters throughout the text and they are almost always placed in stead of providing a brief overview of the reference topic - even when the subject has yet to be explained at all in the text. Lots of useful info, but mediocre presentation.  

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