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Although citizen engagement is a core public service value, few public administrators receive training on how to share leadership with people outside the government.Participatory Budgeting in the United States serves as a primer for those looking to understand a classic example of participatory governance, engaging local citizens in examining budgetary constraints and priorities before making recommendations to local government. Utilizing case studies and an original set of interviews with community members, elected officials, and city employees, this book provides a rare window onto the participatory budgeting process through the words and experiences of the very individuals involved. The central themes that emerge from these fascinating and detailed cases focus on three core areas: creating the participatory budgeting infrastructure; increasing citizen participation in participatory budgeting; and assessing and increasing the impact of participatory budgeting. This book provides students, local government elected officials, practitioners, and citizens with a comprehensive understanding of participatory budgeting and straightforward guidelines to enhance the process of civic engagement and democratic values in local communities.
Comparative Public Budgeting and Finance is a collection of original chapters examining public budgeting issues, methods, and techniques in countries around the world. Each chapter: --explores the history of the budget system and how it fits within the political system in the country, as well as the legal foundation and any reforms that affect the budget system. A discussion of revenue and expenditure allocations is included in each section. --provides the reader with political, demographic and economic background information on each country along with a detailed analysis of the budgeting process. This information is reinforced with charts, tables and figures. In addition, questions at the end of each chapter will provide the students with key concepts to focus on. --also examines topics such as: budget behavior and decision making, capital budgeting, analytical processes, budget processes, intergovernmental relations, budget reform, performance budgeting, and financial management. --concludes with a list of thought provoking questions, an appendix, end notes and a glossary which provides a point of departure for classroom discussion as well as individual student research on each country. Appropriate Courses: Primary Course Title: Comparative Budgeting. Primary Department: Public Administration. Secondary Course: Budget and Finance. Secondary Department: Public Affairs, Department of Political Science, or Public Affairs. This book is specifically designed for a graduate level course in budgeting. There are no other books currently on the market that examine budgeting in a comparative sense that focuses on individual countries. So, rather than utilize a lot of articles from journals a faculty member can use one text and use the articles as supplemental documents. This is the greatest benefit. The second benefit is the instructora (TM)s manual with the lecture outline and power point slides. The instructor should have minimal preparation for the course and students can simply read the questions at the end of the chapter to see where they should focus their attention. The book stands out because it is a one of kind in an area that has massed considerable attention in the last year given the credit crunch that has occurred world wide. It is important from a pedagogical standpoint to provide the instructor with as much information and tools as possible given the need to fully utilize technology in the classroom. 1.Does the book have questions at the end of the chapters? 2.Does the book provide power point slides? 3.Does the book provide an instructora (TM)s manual. 4.Does the book critically assess the subject matter and cause students to think? 5.Does the book address the issues in a coherent fashion? There are no books that examine comparative budgeting utilizing this paradigm, a country by country examination. Books that are on the market utilize a thematic approach and then use country examples when discussing those themes. For example: Anwar Shah (ed). Budgeting and Budgetary Institutions, 2007/ The World Bank.
This book is about the author and the techniques that her parents used to teach her to budget. This book will provide some basic tips for learning to budget, understanding what it means to save for a "rainy day," and learning to live within your "means" through practical examples provided in this true life story.
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