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Rationality Versus Incrementalism: Funding Public Organizations
Rationality Versus Incrementalism: Funding Public Organizations

We discussed the contrast between rationality and incrementalism when we discussed decision-making (Chapter 7). While those different manners of making choices are apparent in all areas of governing, they are especially relevant in public budgeting. And public budgeting is especially relevant to all the activities of public administration. Making the budget is in many ways the most important annual activity for public organizations: while government organizations may have been created by law or through the actions of ministers, their lifeblood comes from the budget. Without funding there is little or nothing the organization can do, whether that is paying their personnel, purchasing necessary supplies or providing services to their clients.

The budget is also ...

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