Fiscal Challenges: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Budget Policy brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines to explore the problems of budget policy. The authors, including top economists, political scientists, historians, psychologists, and legal scholars, together provide a unique, multidisciplinary introduction to the subject. In addition to in-depth analysis of congressional budget procedures and the economics of federal deficits and debt, Fiscal Challenges explores important recent developments in budget policy at the state level and in the European Union. The goal of the volume is to offer readers wide-ranging perspectives on the many different academic disciplines and perspectives that bear on the evaluation of budgetary procedures and their reform.
• Chapters are accompanied by discussion questions to facilitate use in the classroom and to suggest further avenues for reading and research
Preface; Part I. The Law and Politics of Fiscal Policy: Introduction; 1. The Congressional budget process William Dauster; 2. Budget gimmicks Cheryl Block; 3. Transparency in the US budget process Elizabeth Garrett and Adrian Vermeule; 4. European experiences with fiscal rules and institutions Jurgen von Hagen; Part II. Understanding Federal Deficits and Public Debt: Introduction; 5. Perspectives on federal deficits and debt Michael Boskin; 6. Counting the ways: the structure of federal spending Howell Jackson; 7. Starving the beast: the psychology of budget deficits Jonathan Baron and Edward McCaffery; Part III. Budgeting and Fiscal Constraints at the State Level: Introduction; 8. Budgetary arrangements in the 50 states: in search of model practices Juliet Musso, Elizabeth Graddy and Jennifer Grizard; 9. The calculus of constraint: a critical review of state fiscal institutions Tracy Gordon; 10. When does the ballot box limit the budget? Politics and spending limits in California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington Thad Kousser, Matthew McCubbins and Kaj Rozga; Part IV. Intergovernmental Aspects of Budget Policy: Introduction; 11. Dysfunctional or optimal institutions? State debt limitations, the structure of state and local governments, and the finance of American infrastructure Barry Weingast and John Wallis; 12. Federal-state budgetary interactions David Super; Part V. Judicial Powers and Budget Policy: Introduction; 13. New property, entrenchment, and the fiscal constitution John Harrison; 14. Courts, constitutions, and public finance: some recent experiences from the States Richard Briffault.