A Review of [Budget] [Innovation in the States] by Allen Schick.

by David Novick, Gene Fisher

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Review of a book that examines the application of two budget innovations in state governments--planning-programming-budgeting systems and performance budgeting. The author delineates the diverse roots and aims of performance budgeting and PPB and finds that both have been hindered by the difficulty of changing entrenched budget practices and traditions. Yet he also finds that some states are substantially more advanced than others in the development and use of modern budget techniques. He bases his conclusions on a general survey of the states as well as on detailed investigation in selected states. The author states in summary that what is relevant is that the problems inherent in improving the budget machinery of American government still exist and we must learn all we can from recent attempts to improve policymaking decision processes. Schick's work provides an excellent point of departure for doing just that. 4 pp.

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