This book is unique in its exclusive and comprehensive focus on the management of public funds. The book emphasizes defining terms, framing concepts, and examines common controversies in the field. The authors begin with a broad introduction to public finance administration. They then cover topics such as: revenue and expenditure; managing cash flow; capital budgets; and the financial components of human resource management. With its unique focus on the management of public funds, the book fills a need for courses in public finance administration by providing a public administration-based approach.

Introduction

Introduction

What Public Finance Administration is

What is public finance administration? The need for carefully considering public finance administration as a topic area arises because it lacks any clear-cut technical or commonsense definition. Rather than present readers with a bland and overqualified topic definition that is a relief to forget, we want to make public finance administration a topic of some meaning beyond a mere book title by approaching the topic through common conceptions about the area. The most common conceptions of public finance administration include the notions that public finance administration is dull and obscure, that it deals with numbers and calculations that are sometimes esoteric, that it is about money, and that it is technical in character. Some of these conceptions are correct, whereas ...

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