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Budgeting in the UK is highly transparent: but that does not mean that budget decisions are carefully scrutinized, nor that the right policy judgements are made

Wehner, Joachim (2011) Budgeting in the UK is highly transparent: but that does not mean that budget decisions are carefully scrutinized, nor that the right policy judgements are made. British Politics and Policy at LSE (19 Oct 2011) Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The UK has one of the world’s most open and transparent systems for the government to provide financial information to the public. But with the Comprehensive Spending Review set to propose drastic programme changes and cutbacks, Joachim Wehner finds that compared with other advanced countries there is a serious lack of oversight and scrutiny. The results are that Parliament sees only massively under-detailed spending estimates. Far too rapid decision-making often takes place on major budget issues, such as cutbacks, where consequences are often poorly understood, making consensus hard to achieve.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 11:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39752/

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