OECD Journal on Budgeting

The OECD Journal on Budgeting is published three times per year. It draws on the best of the recent work of the OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO), as well as special contributions from finance ministries, academics and experts in the field and makes it available to a wider community in an accessible format. The journal provides insight on leading-edge institutional arrangements, systems and instruments for the allocation and management of resources in the public sector.

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Budget reform before and after the global financial crisis

Budgeting techniques are undergoing major change in many OECD countries in the wake of the global financial crisis. As part of this, many of the directions of pre-crisis budgeting reform are being critically reviewed. This paper reviews the past and future of budgeting reform. It also considers what will be needed to develop a more robust analytical framework within which to map future reform directions.

JEL codes: E62, H12, H50, H55, H61

Keywords: fiscal discipline, allocative efficiency, prioritization, value-for-money, reallocation, accrual accounting, accrual budgeting, performance budgeting, programme budgeting, fiscal rules, expenditure rules, expenditure ceilings, expenditure carryover, actor/motivation frameworks, legal principles framework.


JEL: H50: Public Economics / National Government Expenditures and Related Policies / National Government Expenditures and Related Policies: General; E62: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook / Fiscal Policy; H61: Public Economics / National Budget, Deficit, and Debt / National Budget; Budget Systems; H55: Public Economics / National Government Expenditures and Related Policies / Social Security and Public Pensions; H12: Public Economics / Structure and Scope of Government / Crisis Management
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