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South Africa’s new parliamentary budget process: an initial assessment

Wehner, Joachim (2009) South Africa’s new parliamentary budget process: an initial assessment. In: Verwey, Len and Lefko-Everett, Kate and Mohamed, Ahmed and Zamisa, Musa, (eds.) Parliament, the Budget and Poverty in South Africa: a Shift in Power. Idasa, Pretoria, South Africa, pp. 26-41. ISBN 9781920118914

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Effective and transparent government budgeting is vital to any democracy. In South Africa, where there is massive poverty, inequality and unemployment despite the successful political transformation, citizens and Parliament have a particularly important role to play in shaping budget policy and overseeing its implementation. South Africa reached a crossroads in fiscal governance when it passed the Money Bills Amendment Act in 2009, a law which granted Parliament strong powers to amend the budget prepared by the executive. This publication explores the content of the new law as well as the challenges and opportunities arising from it. It also discusses the role of Parliament in ensuring pro-poor budgeting.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Idasa
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 16:30
Last Modified: 18 May 2011 09:53

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