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The Politics of Public Budgeting

The Politics of Public Budgeting
Getting and Spending, Borrowing and Balancing

Ninth Edition

February 2019 | 312 pages | CQ Press
CHAPTER 1: The Politics of Public Budgets
What is Budgeting?  
Governmental Budgeting  
Minicase: City Manager Replies to Scathing Budget Critique  
Minicase: Missouri Constitutional Amendment Reduces Governor's Powers  
Minicase: Young Protesters in Court  
Minicase: The Courts and New Jersey Pension Reform  
Minicase: The Federal Debt Limit as a Constraint  
Minicase: Highly Constrained Budgeting-Colorado's TABOR Amendment  
The Meaning of Politics in Public Budgeting  
Budgetary Decision Making  
Microbudgeting and Macrobudgeting  
Summary and Conclusions  
Useful Websites  
CHAPTER 2: Revenue Politics
Raising Taxes  
Minicase: Supermajorities to Raise Taxes  
Minicase: Louisiana - Getting Around the No Tax Increase Pledge  
Minicase: A Tax Increase in Philadelphia  
The Politics of Protection  
Minicase: Wisconsin and UnexaminedTax Breaks  
Minicase: Illinois and the Role of the Press  
Minicase: Tax Breaks for Hedge Fund Managers  
Minicase: California and Enterprise Zone Tax Breaks  
Minicase: North Carolina and Business Tax Breaks  
Minicase: Michigan - Terminating its Film Subsidy  
Minicase: New Mexico and Tax Expenditure Reporting  
Tax Reform  
Minicase: Georgia Tax Reform Left Hanging  
Minicase: Michigan Tax Reform or Class Warfare?  
Minicase: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Is it a Tax Reform?  
Summary and Conclusions  
Useful Websites  
CHAPTER 3: The Politics of Process
Budget Process and the Characteristics of Public Budgeting  
Minicase: Harrisburg - Whose Priorities Dominate?  
Designing Process to Achieve Policy and Political Goals  
Macro- and Micropolitics  
Minicase: Republican Macrolevel Reform Proposals  
Minicase: Micropolitics - Bending the Rules to Win Individual Decisions  
Minicase: How the Governor's Veto is Used  
Variation between and among Federal, State, and Local Governments  
Minicase: Maine - The Governor versus the Legislature  
Minicase: Limits of Governor's Vetoes in New Mexico  
Minicase: San Diego - Fiscal Problems, Strong Mayor, and Veto Powers  
Summary and Conclusions  
Useful Websites  
CHAPTER 4: The Dynamics of Changing Budget Processes
Minicase: New York State - Powerful Governor, Weak Legislature, Informal Budgeting  
Minicase: The Governor versus the Courts  
Federal Budget Process Changes  
Minicase: Deeming Resolutions and Ad Hoc Budgeting  
Minicase: Ad Hoc Scoring Rule  
Minicase: Overseas Contingency Operations  
Minicase: Budget Process Reform 2018?  
Changes in Budget Process at the State Level  
Minicase: Maryland's Legislative Budget Power  
Minicase: South Carolina's Legislatively Dominated Budget Process Begins to Budge  
Minicase: The Executive and the Legislature in Florida's Budgeting  
Changes in Budget Process at the Local Level  
Minicase: Florida and Unfunded Mandates  
Summary and Conclusions  
Useful Websites  
CHAPTER 5: Expenditures: Strategies, Structures, and the Environment
Minicase: A $17,000 Drip Plan  
Minicase: Homeland Security - A Program Tied to a Goal of Unlimited Worth  
Minicase: Amtrak Train Wreck  
Minicase: Congressional Budget Office and Scoring  
Minicase: Budgetary Implications of Direct College Loans versus Loan Guarantees  
Minicase: An Open-Ended Discretionary Program - Immigration Enforcement  
Minicase: Trump, Immigration Enforcement, and the Threat of Grant Denial  
Minicase: California and Mandatory Spending on Redevelopment Agencies  
Minicase: Fannie and Freddie: Government Bailout, a Loan or Investment?  
Minicase: New Jersey's Fund Diversion from the Unemployment Insurance Fund  
The Environment  
Strategy, Structure, and Environment Combined: The Medicare Example  
Summary and Conclusions  
Useful Websites  
CHAPTER 6: The Politics of Balancing the Budget
Defining the Balance Constraint  
Minicase: Was the Wisconsin Budget Balanced?  
Minicase: Balance in the Federal Highway Trust Fund  
Minicase: Illinois Funds Sweep  
Multiple Actors, Ideologies, and Deficits  
The Environment, Unpredictability, and Deficits  
Increasing Stress between Payer and Decider  
Minicase: Chicago's Parking Meters  
Minicase: Iowa's Privatization of Medicaid  
The Politics of Deficits: The Federal Level  
The Politics of Deficits: States  
Minicase: Detroit Bankruptcy  
Minicase: Why Did Jefferson Country, Alabama Declare Bankruptcy  
The Politics of Balance in Cities  
Minicase: The Politics of Deficits - An Urban Example  
Summary and Conclusions  
Useful Websites  
CHAPTER 7: Budget Execution: The Politics of Adaptation
Tools for Changing the Budget  
Minicase: Policy Deferrals in the Department of State  
Minicase: Using Holdback to Change Legislative Priorities: Maryland  
Minicase: Herbert Hoover and Legislative Vetoes  
Minicase: The National Weather Services Programming  
Summary and Conclusions  
Useful Websites  
CHAPTER 8: Controlling Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Minicase: Congressional Oversight and the Zombie Apocalypse  
Inspectors General  
The Politics of Finding Waste, Fraud, and Abuse  
Minicase: Louisiana Inspector General  
Minicase: President Obama Fires and IG  
Minicase: Who Guards the Guards? Not the Guards Themselves  
Minicase: Acting IG for Homeland Security - Too Close to the Department  
Minicase: New York State and Medicaid  
Minicase: The Massachusetts Inspector General Versus the Governor  
Minicase: Baltimore's Departing IG  
Summary and Conclusions  
Useful Websites  
CHAPTER 9: Budgetary Decision Making and Politics
Real-Time Budgeting  
A Comparison of the Decision-Making Streams  
Common Themes  
Reconceptualizing Reform  
Avenues for Research  
Summary and Conclusions  
Useful Websites  

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