Peter J. Balint is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Budget from 1970 to 2010: A Lifecycle Analysis
Article first published online: 24 NOV 2013
© 2013 Public Financial Publications, Inc.
Public Budgeting & Finance
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 22–42, Winter 2013
How to Cite
Balint, P. J. and Conant, J. K. (2013), The Environmental Protection Agency's Budget from 1970 to 2010: A Lifecycle Analysis. Public Budgeting & Finance, 33: 22–42. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5850.2013.12023.x
- Issue published online: 24 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 24 NOV 2013
Vol. 34, Issue 1, 107, Article first published online: 11 MAR 2014
Using three approaches, we attempt to explain changes in the Environmental Protection Agency's operating budget from 1970 to 2010. First, we compare qualitative predictions from two general types of agency lifecycle theories to the actual path of the EPA's budget. Second, we test empirically several hypotheses regarding the effects of political, economic, and other variables on the agency's budget. Third, we conduct detailed historical case studies of selected years. The results offer hints of support for theories predicting incremental change but do not support the hypothesized effects of external factors. We also uncover some historical anomalies that warrant further research.