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The Politics of Budgetary Surplus

Author: Scott Brenton
Publisher: London Palgrave Macmillan UK 2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book probes the hollow rhetoric of debt, deficits and austerity. It explores the decisions of parties of the left which have attempted to deflect criticisms of economic mismanagement and gain trust by depoliticising the budget process and financial management with various rules, albeit with elements of discretion. The book argues that this is a perverse form of trust as it is premised on the belief that  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Printed edition
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Brenton
ISBN: 9781137585974 1137585978
OCLC Number: 965316513
Description: 1 Online-Ressource.
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This book probes the hollow rhetoric of debt, deficits and austerity. It explores the decisions of parties of the left which have attempted to deflect criticisms of economic mismanagement and gain trust by depoliticising the budget process and financial management with various rules, albeit with elements of discretion. The book argues that this is a perverse form of trust as it is premised on the belief that political leaders and the public sector cannot be trusted to make appropriate decisions given the economic circumstances of the time and need rules, but at the same time that they can be trusted to follow the rules. The book also explores parties of the right, which often advocate stricter rules and which tend to be the least effective. The book describes how few conservative governments have admirable records on sustained surpluses, given a propensity for unsustainable tax cuts, and the future opportunities this provides to advance a political program of deeper spending cuts. Scott Brenton is a political scientist in the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has previously worked at the Australian parliament and held teaching and visiting appointments at Australian, British and Scandinavian universities. He has published widely on issues of democratic accountability.

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