Fiscal Administration: Analysis and Applications for the Public Sector

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FISCAL ADMINISTRATION is based on two principles: that students must clearly understand the details of where the money for public budgets comes from; and that, to learn public finance and budgeting, students must "run the numbers." John Mikesell--an authority on the revenue side of public finance--focuses on his area of specialty, giving students detailed instruction that will equip them to deal with the complex issues and calculations they will encounter in the field. In most chapters, Mikesell includes questions and exercises that require calculations to get specific answers, as well as "Cases for Discussion" and "Sidebars" that supplement the regular text with more in-depth treatment of key topics. This edition also includes the most recent federal budget information, as well as the latest federal government fiscal data.

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John L. Mikesell (Ph.D. in economics, University of Illinois) is Chancellor's professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington. His work on government finance and taxation has appeared in such journals as National Tax Journal, Public Budgeting and Finance (for which he serves as editor-in-chief), Public Finance Quarterly, Southern Economic Journal, Public Administration Review, Public Choice, International Journal of Public Administration, and Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management. He is co-author of SALES TAXATION, STATE AND LOCAL STRUCTURE AND ADMINISTRATION (Urban Institute Press). His distinguished career includes serving as chief fiscal economist on the USAID Barents Group/KPMG Peat Marwick fiscal reform project with the Government of Ukraine (1995) and as director for assistance in intergovernmental fiscal relations with the USAID Georgia State University Consortium Russian fiscal reform project (1998-99). He directed U. S. Department of State supported public administration partnerships involving institutions in the U.S. and Russia, and has worked on fiscal studies for several states, including New York, Minnesota, Indiana, and Hawaii; as consultant on World Bank missions to several countries; and as a Senior Research Fellow, Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy in Beijing. Dr. Mikesell received the 2002 Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in Public Budgeting and Finance from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management.

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"The exercises at the end of the chapters are very helpful by allowing the students to put into action ... the concepts and practices presented in the text. In addition, the cases present interesting extensions of the chapter topics."

"The text provides a foundation that enables students to read and understand the concepts that are discussed in journal articles and chapters of other books. ... The book's greatest strengths are its breadth of coverage and the ease with which a novice can understand the text. I do not see a weakness."

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