Fiscal Administration broke new ground in its first edition in 1982 by extending the scope of public budgeting and finance instruction in public administration programs to extend beyond discussions of budget process to include revenue and debt policy and administration. The Tenth Edition continues that expansion of scope to include the pressing problem of public pension finance. The Tenth Edition emphasizes two principles: students must understand precisely where the money for public budgets comes from and where it goes, and students must "run the numbers" to effectively learn public finance and budgeting and to be immediately useful to prospective employers. John L. Mikesell gives students detailed instruction to equip them to deal with the complex issues and calculations they will encounter in the field. Chapters include questions and exercises that require calculations to determine the answers. This edition also includes "Cases for Discussion" and "Sidebars" that provide in-depth and often irreverent treatment of key topics and illustrate how strange fiscal administration can be.
Webinar attendees will:
a. Have a better understanding of the fiscal condition of governments in the United States and how they have managed to get in that shape
b. Have a better understanding of the options available to these governments and the barriers they face
c. Have a better understanding of why public administrators need to know revenue policy and administration, in addition to knowing expenditure policy and management
John L. Mikesell received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois. He is chancellor's professor of public and environmental affairs emeritus at Indiana University-Bloomington. His work on government finance and taxation has appeared in journals such as National Tax Journal; Public Budgeting and Finance (for which he served as editor-in-chief from 1996 to 2011); Public Finance Quarterly; Southern Economic Journal; Public Administration Review and many others.