The contributors focus specifically on the important links between budgeting, auditing, and policy evaluation. These are examined as elements of an interactive process that plays a major role in government decision making. Although the three elements are institutionally and functionally distinct, auditing and evaluation generate information that has a measurable impact on government programs and their management. As each chapter demonstrates, national experiences show considerable variation in the development and linkage of budgeting, auditing, and evaluation. The authors identify both commonalities and divergences and make comparative statements of the consequences of these for the policy process.
Contents: Andrew Gray, Bill Jenkins, and Bob Segsworth, "Perspectives on Budgeting, Auditing, and Evaluation: An Introduction," David Mathiasen, "The Separation of Powers and Political Choice" (United States), Andrew Gray and Bill Jenkins, "Separate Developments" (United Kingdom), Hans-Ulrich Derlien, 'Two-Track Processes" (Germany), Bob Segsworth, "Out of Sequence and Out of Synch" (Canada), Eduardo Zapico, "Many Reforms, Little Learning" (Spain), Rolf Sandahl, "Connected or Separated?" (Sweden), Pertti Ahonen and Esa Tammelin, "Muddling Through, Too" (Finland), Andrew Gray and Bill Jenkins, "Horses to the Water: Budgeting, Auditing, and Evaluation in Seven Governments."
1. Anger Not to Be Sinfully Indulged – Thomas Boston
2. Hope and Comfort Usually Follow Genuine Humiliation and Repentance – Jonathan Edwards
3. The Brevity of Life—A Call to Improve It – Andrew Gray
4. The Character of a Complete Evangelical Pastor, Drawn by Christ – John Flavel
5. To Be Light in a Dark Place is Commendable – Christopher Love.