An analysis of public budgeting at the national, state and local levels of
government, including the relationship of the federal budget to fiscal policy.
The politics of the budgetary process are examined as well as various types of
budgets. The influence of intergovernmental transfer payments is also reviewed.
I. Overview and Course Goals
The course is designed to present information describing the politics of the
budget process and the relationship to revenue sources and budgeting. Budget
types will also be discussed with relationship to the political process. Through
"electronic teams," you will work with students many miles apart to complete
projects and discuss issues in public budgeting and finance. I will serve as
your facilitator and will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning
processes. You will discover how to perform research for your papers and
discussion topics using the World Wide Web, an extraordinary resource that is
almost inexhaustible, and one that is available to you regardless of weather,
holidays, or time of day.
The student will be provided with a practical view of budgeting and finance
as it relates to the study of the public administration and provide a conceptual
basis for the understanding relationship between public administration and the
political system and its effect on society and governmental services and
Each week, we will focus on budgeting issues, problems, etc., encountered by
the professional through our discussions; these issues are reinforced and
expanded in readings in our text.
II. Course Objectives
After completing this course, you should:
Know what budgeting and public finance is and why you should learn about
Know the budgeting and finance functions of public organizations and who
Know what the budgeting concept is and how it should affect strategy
Know a how to develop and inplement a budget
Know the variables that shape the environment of public budgeting and
Understand how to screen and evaluate environmental strategy
Understand a scientific approach to budget research
Understand how social influences affect the public budget process
Understand how the economy affects budget and strategy planning
Note: Not only should you develop an understanding of the above concepts, but
also an ability to apply them in your own personal and professional life.
III. Required Texts/Materials
Lynch, Thomas D., Public Budgeting in America, Prentice Hall,
4trh Ed., ISBN 0-13-735846
Rubin, Irene S., The Politics of Public Budgeting, Chatham
House, 4th Ed., ISBN 1-889119-42-3
IV. CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
The class will meet each Tuesday night at 17:30 (5:30 pm) beginning August
24, 2004 and ending October 17, 2004. The Class September 14th class will meet
on September 18th at the North Kansas City City Hall 2010 Howell, North Kansas
City to observe the public budget hearings on the City's FY2004-FY2005 budget.
During each class period selected students will be required to present a summary
of the assigned readings of the week. The Budget proposal will be presented the
last night for class.
V. Grading Policy
Grading Scale –
VI. Academic Honesty
Academic honesty is the prerequisite for academic study. Academic dishonesty
is inimical to the spirit of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate
cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course
assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades
or expelled from Park.
Plagiarism, the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of
another person and presenting them as one’s original work, sometimes occurs
through carelessness or ignorance. This does not make it less serious. However,
students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult
their course faculty member.
VII. Participation and Attendance
Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The
attendance policy established by the University and outlined on page 82 of the
2001-2002 Park University Undergraduate Catalog will be strictly
followed. “In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences
in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn,
resulting in a grade of F”.
The grade for course work that is late will be lowered one letter grade for
each week the assignment is late. The assignment can be e-mailed or faxed to
meet this requirement.
All cell phones and pagers must be turned off or to vibrate. Any student who
leaves class to answer a phone call or page will have their grade for that days
attendance lowered one letter grade for each phone call or page. Calls and pages
can be returned on the break.