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The Politics of Budgetary Surplus

Authors: Brenton, Scott

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  • Compares the policies of centre-right and centre-left governments in handling budget surplusesFocuses on Anglophone countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) and makes comparisons with Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Germany
  • Appeals to students and scholars of Politics, Public Management and Economics                                                              
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This book probes the hollow rhetoric of debt, deficits and austerity. It explores the decisions of parties of the left which have attempted to deflect criticisms of economic mismanagement and gain trust by depoliticising the budget process and financial management with various rules, albeit with elements of discretion. The book argues that this is a perverse form of trust as it is premised on the belief that political leaders and the public sector cannot be trusted to make appropriate decisions given the economic circumstances of the time and need rules, but at the same time that they can be trusted to follow the rules. The book also explores parties of the right, which often advocate stricter rules and which tend to be the least effective. The book describes how few conservative governments have admirable records on sustained surpluses, given a propensity for unsustainable tax cuts, and the future opportunities this provides to advance a political program of deeper spending cuts.                                                                                                   

About the authors

Scott Brenton is a political scientist in the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has previously worked at the Australian parliament and held teaching and visiting appointments at Australian, British and Scandinavian universities. He has published widely on issues of democratic accountability.                                      

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Budgetary Surplus
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58597-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58597-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58596-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 187
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