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Congressional Budget Office Honest Numbers, Power, and Policymaking

ISBN-10: 1589017579
ISBN-13: 9781589017573
Edition: 2011
Authors: Philip G. Joyce
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Book details

List price: $21.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 4/18/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188

Created in 1974, the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has become one of the most influential forces in national policymaking. A critical component of our system of checks and balances, the CBO has given Congress the analytical capacity to challenge the president on budget issues while it protects the public interest, providing honest numbers about Congress's own budget proposals. The book discusses the CBO's role in larger budget policy and the more narrow "scoring" of individual legislation, such as its role in the 2009--2010 Obama health care reform. It also describes how the first director, Alice Rivlin, and seven successors managed to create and sustain a nonpartisan, highly credible agency in the middle of one of the most partisan institutions imaginable.The Congressional Budget Office: Honest Numbers, Power, and Policy draws on interviews with high-level participants in the budget debates of the last 35 years to tell the story of the CBO. A combination of political history, economic history, and organizational development, The Congressional Budget Office offers an important, first book-length history of this influential agency.

Acknowledgments
Truth, Power, and Consequences
Organizing for Nonpartisan Analysis
Macrobudgeting
Microbudgeting
Policy Analysis
ClintonHealth Plans: Brining It All Together
Obama Health Care Reform
An Excellent Skunk?
Index

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