Balancing the Federal Budget: Eating the Seed Corn or Trimming the Herds?
Irene Rubin, Irene S. RubinISBN: 1889119628;
In this timely new book, one of America's most respected public administration analysts focuses her attention on how government tried and eventually succeeded in balancing the US federal budget in 1998. With characteristic insight and a lively narrative,Rubin describes the successive efforts of Congress and the administration over seventeen years to shape a process that would encourage balance and the reactions of federal agencies to the pressure. The story of the damage done to agencies as they dealt with reductions and how long it took to recover is told here for the first time. This book asks and answers such crucial questions such as: Did Washington prioritize wisely, trimming back programs in a rational and efficient manner, or did it cut what was easy to cut or what was politically attractive to the party in power? The true drama of politics on Capitol Hill is rendered more vividly by Rubin's own experience working in Washington, D.C., and her personal interviews with the...
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