Public Budgeting in the United States
The Cultural and Ideological Setting
Koven examines budget formation at the national, state, and local levels to demonstrate the strong influence of attitudes about how public money should be generated and spent. In addition to statistical data, the book includes recent case studies: the 1997 budget agreement; Governor George W. Bush's use of the budget process to advance a conservative policy agenda in the state of Texas; and Mayor Marion Barry's abuses of power in Washington, D.C.
Koven demonstrates that administrative principles are at best an incomplete guide for public officials and that budgeters must learn to interpret signals from the political environment.
About the Author
"Steve Koven has given us a pungent and useful study of budgeting in America. His perspective on the cultural underpinning of budgeting is refreshing and unique. The author has gotten beyond the public skin of budgeting and given us a long range and lucid view of the values which structure budgeting. This is a splendid book and a good read for scholars and students alike."—Hank V. Savitch, Urban Studies Institute, University of Louisville
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