Title

A new ethics of the budgetary process

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Research Center

Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice

Abstract

This article analyzes the ethical codes within public budgeting literature to demonstrate the need for a professional ethic that fosters an expanded sense of role responsibility. Drawing on examples of discretion exhibited by state and local budgeting administrators, the article argues that a number of administrative activities fall into a gap of the academic literature. Responsible budgeting decisions must be tied to an understanding of how administrative activities affect the collective welfare. A pedagogy of public budgeting that considers the ways in which institutional forces and the long-term public interest inform administrative action more adequately prepares budgeting administrators to understand their roles and responsibilities. [R]

Issue

urban_facpub

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