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The Challenge of Reforming Budgetary Institutions in Developing Countries

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The paper notes that the development of sound budgetary institutions in countries such as France, the U.K. and the U.S. has taken a very long time?200 years or more?and is still evolving. It discusses Douglass North's prediction?which is supported by available data?that institutional reform is also likely to be very slow in developing countries since the budget is especially prone to rent-seeking influences. Finally, the paper discusses the currently fashionable emphasis on complex, multiannual PFM reform strategies, which have been strongly promoted by the donor community; and advocates a simpler approach grounded on Schick's important principle of "getting the basics right." The paper identifies several areas where further research would be fruitful.

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  • Richard I Allen, 2009. "The Challenge of Reforming Budgetary Institutions in Developing Countries," IMF Working Papers 09/96, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:09/96
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    1. Douglass C. North & John Joseph Wallis & Barry R. Weingast, 2006. "A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History," NBER Working Papers 12795, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Richard Allen, 2008. "Reforming Fiscal Institutions: The Elusive Art of the Budget Advisor," OECD Journal on Budgeting, OECD Publishing, vol. 8(3), pages 1-9.
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    1. Knack, Stephen, 2013. "Aid and donor trust in recipient country systems," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 316-329.
    2. World Bank Group & New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade & Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade & Overseas Development Institute, 2016. "Strengthening Public Financial Management Reform in Pacific Island Countries," World Bank Other Operational Studies 25070, The World Bank.
    3. Lledó, Victor & Poplawski-Ribeiro, Marcos, 2013. "Fiscal Policy Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 79-91.
    4. Patalinghug, Epictetus E., 2017. "Assessment of Planning and Programming for Capital Projects at the National and Agency Levels," Discussion Papers DP 2017-37, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    5. repec:eee:accfor:v:37:y:2013:i:3:p:213-230 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Stephen Knack, 2014. "Building or Bypassing Recipient Country Systems: Are Donors Defying the Paris Declaration?," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 50(6), pages 839-854, June.
    7. Sophia Gollwitzer & Eteri Kvintradze & Tej Prakash & Luis-Felipe Zanna & Era Dabla-Norris & Richard I Allen & Irene Yackovlev & Victor Duarte Lledo, 2010. "Budget Institutions and Fiscal Performance in Low-Income Countries," IMF Working Papers 10/80, International Monetary Fund.
    8. Peterson, Stephen Bovard, 2010. "Reforming Public Financial Management in Africa," Scholarly Articles 4669673, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
    9. repec:eee:crpeac:v:41:y:2016:i:c:p:34-62 is not listed on IDEAS
    10. Peterson, Stephen, 2011. "Reforming Public Financial Management in Africa," Working Paper Series rwp10-048, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
    11. Séne, Ligane & Fall, El Hadji, 2013. "Bilan et défis des reformes harmonisées de programmation budgétaire en Afrique : cas du CDMT, Quid de l’expérience du Sénégal ?
      [Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) in Africa : A Senegal Case
      ," MPRA Paper 58841, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    12. Abbas Al-Mejren, 2015. "Impacts of Fiscal Legal Setting and Institutions on Budget Outcomes in the Rentire State of Kuwait," Working Papers 920, Economic Research Forum, revised Jun 2015.
    13. Carter Patrick, 2013. "Does Foreign Aid Displace Domestic Taxation?," Journal of Globalization and Development, De Gruyter, vol. 4(1), pages 1-47, August.

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