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New Politics of the Budgetary Process

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ISBN-10: 0321042557

ISBN-13: 9780321042552

Edition: 4th 2001

Authors: Aaron Wildavsky, Naomi Caiden

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The fourth edition of The New Politics of the Budgetary Process updates and revises the late Aaron Wildavsky's classic exposition of how federal budget decisions are made and how formal budget institutions and processes are interwoven with political dynamics. The book explains how the federal budget process has evolved and analyzes recent developments in key areas: entitlements, defense, deficit/surplus and reforms. Its critical and stimulating approach, and clear, readable explanations make it essential reading for students of politics and public administration, as well as anyone who seeks to understand a decision-making process that affects the lives of virtually all Americans.
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Book details

List price: $67.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 7/25/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.34" wide x 9.25" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Aaron Wildavsky was, until his death in 1993, professor of political science and public policy at the University of California in Berkeley. He was also director of its Survey Research Center.

Budgeting as Conflicting Promises
Budgets Are Conflicting Commitments
Tax Preferences
Appropriations: The Power of Congress and Power Within Congress
The President is Both Rival and Partner of Congress
Conflicting Promises: The Multiple Meanings of Budgetary Control
Budgets as Struggles for Power: The Evolution of Classical Budgeting
Colonial Origins
Turning Points: Civil War through World War I
The Executive Budget Movement
Dislocation and Continuity: Depression, War, and the Postwar Interlude
The Dance of the Dollars
Calculations
Complexity
Aids to Calculation
Incremental Budgeting
Roles and Perspectives
The Agency
The Bureau of the Budget
The Appropriations Committees
Strategies
Be a Good Politician
Clientele
Confidence
Congressional Committee Hearings
Strategies Designed to Capitalize on the Fragmentation of Power in National Politics
The Collapse of Consensus
The Growth of Entitlements
Economic Activism
Priorities
Impoundment
The Budget Act: More Checks, More Balances, but Not More Control
Impoundment Again
Congressional Budget Office
Senate Budget Committee and House Budget Committee
Scheduling
Resolutions
Reconciliation
Complexity
A Congressional Budget, or Merely More Budgeting?
The Budget Process, 1975-1979: The Struggle to Relate Totals to Detail
Economic Management
Did the Budgetary Process Have a Pro-Spending Bias?
On Again, Off Again, Federal Credit
Polarization: Classical Budgeting Withers Without Quite Disappearing
The Politics of Dissensus
Why Budget Decisions Became So Difficult
The End of Economic Management
Dominance of the Deficit
Polarization of the Parties
Evolution of the Congressional Budget Act
R and R: Resolution and Reconciliation
Deferral and Rescission Redux
The Shifting Budgetary Base
Continuing Omnibus Resolutions
OMB in an Era of Perennial Budgeting
Dissensus in Congress
Role Reversal
Rolled on the Floor
Budgeting Penetrates Congress
Gimmicks
The Politics of Balancing Budgets
Gramm-Rudman-Hollings
Why GRH Passed
How GRH Was Supposed to Work
Why Didn't GRH Work?
The Origins of the 1990 Budget Enforcement Act
The Budget Enforcement Act of
The Parts Versus the Whole
The Clinton Budget of 1993
The Politics of Radical Reversal
The Politics of Radical Reversal
Prologue: Constitutional Amendment and Rescission
Budgets and Counterbudgets: The President's Budget and the Congressional Resolution
Balancing Revenues and Expenditures
Mandatory and Discretionary Spending
Defense and Domestic Spending
Domestic Discretionary Spending
Substance Versus Rhetoric
Incrementalism in Mirror Image: Appropriations
Complex Coalitions
The Survival of Pork
Balancing Acts
Economy and Ideology
Targeting Programs
Swallowing Whole Departments
Critical Issues