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Palgrave Studies in Public Debt, Spending, and Revenue
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Debt Reckoning

Professionalism and Accountability in Public Finance Decision-Making

Authors: Justice, Jonathan B.

  • Examines the interplay of professional norms and political accountability in the process of making decisions about government debt
  • Focuses on individual and collective decision-making behavior within the organizational accountability spaces defined by general (stipulated) norms and situational (negotiated) expectations and their broader social contexts
  • Advances conceptual understandings of decisions to incur public indebtedness and the implications of those decisions
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  • à paraître: 26 octobre 2020
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57861-7
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This book examines the interplay of professional norms and political accountability in the process of making decisions about whether, how, and how much debt state and local governments should incur. The careful analysis of accountability in actual decisions, focusing particularly on whether and how individual and collective decision-making behavior responds to general (stipulated) norms and situational (negotiated) expectations in their broader social contexts, is a familiar approach in the study of management and public organizations generally, but has not been extensively applied to this area of public financial decision making. Political economists, especially those identified with the public-choice approach, have done extensive macro-level normative and theoretical analysis of public debt, but not in an empirically rich fashion. This book therefore constitutes a missing link that uses analyses of selected cases to advance conceptual understandings of organizational accountability spaces in general, and decisions to incur public indebtedness and the implications of those decisions specifically, by examining the intersection of the macro, meso, and micro levels of expectations for and practices of public financial decision making.

About the authors

Jonathan B. Justice is Professor in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration and Faculty Fellow in the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy at the University of Delaware, USA.

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Hardcover 94,94 €
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  • à paraître: 26 octobre 2020
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57861-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Debt Reckoning
Book Subtitle
Professionalism and Accountability in Public Finance Decision-Making
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Public Debt, Spending, and Revenue
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57861-7
Series ISSN
2662-5148
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
368
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