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British Influence on Commonwealth Budget Systems: The Case of the United Republic of Tanzania

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    Several features of Tanzania's budget system find their roots in the arrangements inherited from the United Kingdom. These include a legal framework that emphasizes accountability; a cabinet of ministers with strong budget decision-making powers; a parliament with very limited budget powers; and a similar external audit organization. In both countries, budget execution is decentralized to individual ministries, with accounting officers responsible to a parliamentary accounts committee. These similarities are blended with contrasts, including in Tanzania: a presidential system of government, one dominant political party, a written constitution, and some fragmentation in central budget decision-making within the executive.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 07/78.

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    Length: 37
    Date of creation: 01 Apr 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:07/78

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