PPA 381: Politics of the Budgetary Process
Fall 2007, T/Th 3:30-4:45
Office Hours: M & W 2-4; Th 9-11; or by appointment
Instructor: Gary R. Kirk
Office: 212 Maury Hall
From the course catalog:
An examination of the political planning and strategies of Congress and federal
agencies in the budgetary process; politics of budgetary reform; state and local budgetary politics; and
intergovernmental impacts on budgeting.
To these ends, students will be required to successfully complete the following objectives:
1) Develop a budget document for a hypothetical municipal government, including revenue
projection, planning, expenditure estimation, analysis of alternatives, development of
performance measures, and budget monitoring.
2) Write analytic professional memoranda applying budget theory to practical budget problems.
3) Participate in discussions related to current topics in public budgeting.
Rubin, I. 2006.
The Politics of Public Budgeting: Getting and Spending, Borrowing and Balancing
Ed.). New York: Chatham House Publishers/Seven Bridges Press. (R)
Smith, R.W. & Lynch, T.D. 2004. Public budgeting in America. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson
Prentice Hall. (S)
: Some of your assignments will require the use of Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet
application. Please see me if you have Excel-related questions. I will not spend class time going over
Excel skills, but I would be happy to help students with specific questions.
: Students are responsible for registering for classes and for verifying their class schedules on
e-campus. The deadline for adding a fall semester class without instructor and academic unit head
signatures is Tuesday, September 4, 2007.
Between Wednesday, September 5, 2007 and Thursday,
September 13, 2007, instructor and academic unit head signatures are required to add a class.
will be allowed to register for a fall semester classes after Thursday, September 13, 2007.