Challenges Confronting Contemporary Public Budgeting: Retrospectives/Prospectives from Allen Schick


Naomi Caiden is professor emeritus of political science at California State University, Los Angeles. Her publications include Planning and Budgeting in Poor Countries (coauthored with Aaron Wildavsky, 1980), and revised editions of Aaron Wildavsky's The New Politics of the Budgetary Process (1996, 2001, 2004), as well as other books and articles on public budgeting in the United States and overseas. She is a past editor of Public Budgeting and Finance, and a past book review editor of Public Administration Review.


For nearly half a century, Allen Schick's works have explored and analyzed central issues in the role of budgets in modern government. In 2009, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development published Evolutions in Budgetary Practice: Allen Schick and the OECD Senior Budget Officials, a selection of his work, together with new chapters. The book traces developments in budget practices and reforms since the 1980s, relating them to changes in the role of government, and discusses challenges to contemporary budgeting and how they might be met. This collection provides an invaluable insight into Schick's thinking about public budgeting: a perspective on the past, a practical resource for the present, and a guide to the future.