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A New Theory Of The Budgetary Process

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  • SOUMAYA M. TOHAMY
  • HASHEM DEZHBAKHSH
  • PETER H. ARANSON

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This paper offers an alternative to the view that budgetary decisions are incremental because they are complex, extensive, and conflicted. Our model interprets incrementalism as the result of a legislative political strategy in response to interest group politics and economic conditions. Accordingly, a legislator chooses between single-period budgeting or multiperiod budgeting, where single-period budgeting is associated with a greater chance of non-incremental budgeting outcomes. We use a statistical procedure developed by Dezhbakhsh et al. (2003) for identifying non-incremental outcomes to test the implications of the model. Results support the model's predictions: a higher discount rate and a persistently large deficit appear to cause departures from incremental budgeting; Democrats' control over the political process have a similar effect, while a higher inflation rate has an opposite effect. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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  • Soumaya M. Tohamy & Hashem Dezhbakhsh & Peter H. Aranson, 2006. "A New Theory Of The Budgetary Process," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(1), pages 47-70, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:18:y:2006:i:1:p:47-70
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    1. Benoît Le Maux, 2009. "How Do Policy-Makers Actually Solve Problems? Evidence From The French Local Public Sector," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(2), pages 201-231, July.

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