Financial Management Theory in the Public Sector
by Aman Khan and W. Bartley Hildreth, Editors
December 2004, 284pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-56720-625-8
$86, £64, 72€, A123
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Integrating insights from economics, business, and political science, this book presents a multidisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of financial management in the public sector.

To have a clear picture of developments in public financial management, a multidimensional perspective of the field is needed, since governments—unlike for-profit organizations— serve multiple and often conflicting interests. This book provides this dynamic approach by integrating insights from economics, business, and political science.

Written by some of the leading scholars in the field, this collection presents eleven chapters that run the gamut of public financial management issues. Topics include: Transaction costs in contractual relationships; Uncertain conditions and probability assessment in the bond market; Rational choice and the institutional framework in public investment decision; E-Government financial management models; Budget balance as the building block of public financial strategy. Together the contributors present a robust framework for understanding and analyzing financial decision making in the public sector.

Aman Khan is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Texas Tech, Lubbock. He is author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of numerous professional publications, he serves on the editorial boards of the The Journal of Public Administration and Management and the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management.

W. Bartley Hildreth is Regents Distinguished Professor of Public Finance at the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs and the W. Frank Barton School of Business and Director of the Kansas Public Finance Center, Wichita State. He is a book review editor for the International Journal of Public Administration and editor or coeditor of many professional publications including the Handbook on Taxation, Handbook of Public Personnel Administration, and the Handbook of Strategic Management.
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