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Fiscal Administration, 9th Edition

Ever wonder how federal finance really works? FISCAL ADMINISTRATION, Ninth Edition, shows you how public budgets operate and gives you the opportunity to crunch the numbers. With actual data from the U.S. federal budget, including its breakdown, you can see for yourself how policymakers allocate money. Each chapter illustrates concepts and issues with case studies from the private sector as well as from public finance.


“The best textbook in the market for graduate courses in public budgeting/financial management.”

“The best textbook of which I know that treats public budgeting and financial administration so comprehensively.”

About the Author

John L. Mikesell (Ph.D. in economics, University of Illinois) is Chancellor’s professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington. His work on government finance and taxation has appeared in such journals as National Tax Journal, Public Budgeting and Finance (for which he serves as editor-in-chief), Public Finance Quarterly, Southern Economic Journal, Public Administration Review, Public Choice, International Journal of Public Administration, and Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management. He is co-author of SALES TAXATION, STATE AND LOCAL STRUCTURE AND ADMINISTRATION (Urban Institute Press). His distinguished career includes serving as chief fiscal economist on the USAID Barents Group/KPMG Peat Marwick fiscal reform project with the Government of Ukraine (1995) and as director for assistance in intergovernmental fiscal relations with the USAID Georgia State University Consortium Russian fiscal reform project (1998-99). He directed U. S. Department of State supported public administration partnerships involving institutions in the U.S. and Russia, and has worked on fiscal studies for several states, including New York, Minnesota, Indiana, and Hawaii; as consultant on World Bank missions to several countries; and as a Senior Research Fellow, Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy in Beijing. Dr. Mikesell received the 2002 Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in Public Budgeting and Finance from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management.

This was a required book for my master’s program, and I opted for the Kindle version to save $$. There was a wide ran of information; however, I found Mikesell inserted his opinions throughout the book. I was also surprised that this edition didn’t have more updated information regarding the current administration. For example, Mikesell doesn’t include the current administration’s performance-based budgeting strategies. Interestingly, Mikesell doesn’t include much about performance-based budgeting of Bush’s predecessor either, and there were significant changes during the Clinton administration prior to Bush’s PART ever being implemented. So, overall good information but I found the implementation lacking.

I am not exactly sure why this book is in it’s 9th edition. To be fair it is Fiscal Administration and I am sure the readership of this text is far lower than that of Twilight (which is sad). This book is written in such a way that it has been my experience confuses me more than helps to understand. I read the book and go to the professor for help. I am usually going to the books to help me understand what the professor is saying. The mark of good professor or a really bad book, hard to say.

This is the epitome of public accounting for non-accounting majors. The author laboriously rants for giant page-long paragraphs in an effort to avoid even the slightest hint of mathematics. If judicious, I believe I could distill this book down to about 75 pages of bulleted lists, charts, graphs and equations without sacrificing any real content.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 9 edition (January 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133594808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133594802
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches

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