The Federal Budget as an Indicator of Government Intentions and the Implications of Intentions

by David Novick


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An examination of the budget structure as it existed in the 1950s from the standpoint of how well it indicated intentions of the government and the implications of these intentions. It is shown that this purpose of the budget is essentially synonymous with that aspect of the budgetary process associated with making major resource allocation decisions. In such a context, the budget structure was found deficient in several major respects. These deficiencies provide the basis for various suggestions on how the budget format might be improved.

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