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Government spending has increased dramatically in the United States since World War II despite the many rules intended to rein in the insatiable appetite for tax revenue most politicians seem to share. Drawing on examples from the federal and state governments, Rules and Restraint explains in lucid, nontechnical prose why these budget rules tend to fail, and proposes original alternatives for imposing much-needed fiscal discipline on our legislators.

One reason budget rules are ineffective, David Primo shows, is that politicians often create and preserve loopholes to protect programs that benefit their constituents. Another reason is that legislators must enforce their own provisions, an arrangement that is seriously compromised by their unwillingness to abide by rules that demand short-term sacrifices for the sake of long-term gain. Convinced that budget rules enacted through such a flawed legislative process are unlikely to work, Primo ultimately calls for a careful debate over the advantages and drawbacks of a constitutional convention initiated by the states—a radical step that would bypass Congress to create a path toward change. Rules and Restraint will be required reading for anyone interested in institutional design, legislatures, and policymaking.

About the Author

David Primo is assistant professor of political science at the University of Rochester and a coauthor of The Plane Truth: Airline Crashes, the Media, and Transportation Policy.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

 

1          Introduction

2          Rule Design and Enforcement

3          External Enforcement

4          Internal Enforcement

5          The U.S. States

6          The Federal Government

7          Conclusion

 

Appendix A     Technical Material for Chapter 3

Appendix B      Technical Material for Chapter 4

Appendix C     Technical Material for Chapter 5

Appendix D     Technical Material for Chapter 6

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226682600
Author:
Primo, David M.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Public Finance
Subject:
Budget
Subject:
Economic Policy
Subject:
Finance, public
Subject:
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Subject:
Budget -- United States.
Subject:
Finance, Public -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
American Politics and Political Economy Series
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 line drawings, 6 tables
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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