Class, Tax, and Power: Municipal Budgeting in the United States


Irene S. Rubin

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    The distribution of the total amount appropriated among the several branches of municipal administration is the central element to be considered in budget making, for this is the point at which the demands for efficiency and for social services collide with the claims of the politicians to the spoils of office and with the protests of those who would reduce government activities to a minimum.

    —Charles Austin Beard, 1912


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    To Edward Artinian, who built a company on optimism and solid belief that he could do it better; who made networking a verb and kept us all together, which was harder than herding cats; who loved good food, good friends, and grand opera; and who loved well-made books. To Ed, who named this book over lunch. Goodbye, my friend.


    I would like to thank Northern Illinois University for sabbatical research support in 1989 for gathering data on the six case study cities. I have incurred many other obligations while doing this research. I am especially grateful to all the public officials—elected, appointed, and career—who took the time to teach me how they budget, and to the document librarians and interlibrary loan librarians who made this research possible. I would also like to acknowledge Professor Lana Stein of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, who worked with me on the St. Louis case and generously shared her insights and expertise.

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