OECD Journal on Budgeting

The OECD journal on public sector budgeting, 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, 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. Now published as a part of the OECD Journal subscription package.

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Is There an Optimum Legal Framework for the Budget System?

Public finance specialists and constitutional theorists are very reluctant to establish legal norms for budget systems. International organisations have published guidelines for desirable features of budgetary transparency. Except for external audit standards, international bodies have not specified which features should be incorporated in domestic law. As a result, there are no international standards that specify legal requirements for desirable features of national budgeting systems. Classical and new budget principles, as well as the distinct functional responsibilities of the legislature and the executive in budgetary processes, should guide policy makers who wish to establish a “good” law for their national budget system. For budget preparation, adoption, execution, reporting and auditing, this section identifies desirable features that should be included in the law. Suggestions are also made as to which budget principles should be included in constitutions, primary law and secondary law.


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