February 20, 2013

The Politics of Public Budgeting 6th Edition, Rubin

The Politics of Public Budgeting: Getting and Spending, Borrowing and Balancing 6th Edition PDF Download Ebook. Irene S. Rubin describes recent issues in budgeting with coverage of the Alternative Minimum Tax controversy, mayoral vetoes, state legislatures role in the budgeting process, conflicts between inspectors general and executives, PART evaluations, and more.

In addition, Rubin now pays even greater attention to budgeting within state and local systems, incorporating examples from across the nation and better preparing students for future careers at all levels of government. Analyzing each strand of the decision-making process, Rubin shows the extraordinary coordination involved in passing a budget and achieving accountability.

Public budgeting is inherently political: too often, short-term partisan goals overrun long-term public interest. By presenting federal, state, and local budgeting within a clear, comparative framework, Rubins classic text focuses on the issues of federalism and the political jockeying that influences all governmental budgets.

Rubin's clear understanding of federal, state and local politics on budget and revenue issues makes this a valuable book for practitioners, students and the general public. What's unique is her presentation of the dynamics of budgeting: interests, parties, officials, policymakers, and the public gather, dispute, regroup and clash in a lifelike picture of issues central to American life. The examples and Professor Rubin's insight and sometimes acerbic wit give vitality to this essential work.

With clarity and insight, and through telling examples, Professor Rubin explains how budgets are built, how they operate, how they can fail and the subtle techniques that are used to hide costs and defer problems into the future.

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