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Top-down Budgeting as a Tool for Central Resource Management


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  • John M. Kim
  • Chung-Keun Park
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    Top-down budgeting emerged in the 1990s as a response to fiscal crisis. Previously, the traditional bottom-up approach to budget formulation had conferred centralised authority for resource allocation on the finance ministry. Then, in an attempt to control the growing fiscal deficits in the 1990s, the finance ministry only set the overall expenditure ceiling and subceilings, and delegated detailed resource allocation decisions to line ministries. However, the level of delegation and the method of determining the expenditure ceilings vary across countries. This article describes country experiences with top-down budgeting and makes policy suggestions for its use as a tool for central resource management. The article also explores the relative advantages, disadvantages, and complementarities of the two approaches.

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    Article provided by OECD Publishing in its journal OECD Journal on Budgeting.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 87-125

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    Handle: RePEc:oec:govkaa:5l9htlz7h9q7

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    1. Victor Duarte Lledo & Marcos Poplawski-Ribeiro, 2011. "Fiscal Policy Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa," IMF Working Papers 11/172, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Regina Pacheco, 2013. "Arm’s Length Bodies in Brazil: Contradictions and Challenges," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 131-141, June.


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