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Producing a Citizens' Guide to the Budget: Why, What and How?

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  • Murray Petrie
  • Jon Shields

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As part of the growing search for more transparency and accountability in government finance, this article suggests guidelines for the production and dissemination of a citizens’ guide to the budget. Examples from a variety of countries help to illustrate why governments should publish an annual guide, what the contents and characteristics of a good guide should be, and how such a guide should be made accessible. JEL classification: H500, H600. Keywords: effective public accountability, transparent budgeting, open budgets, fiscal transparency, civil society, citizen participation, public oversight, public debate, access to information.

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  • Murray Petrie & Jon Shields, 2010. "Producing a Citizens' Guide to the Budget: Why, What and How?," OECD Journal on Budgeting, OECD Publishing, vol. 10(2), pages 1-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:govkaa:5km7gkwg2pjh
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    1. White, Joseph, 2013. "Budget-makers and health care systems," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 112(3), pages 163-171.

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