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KAFP 3335 - Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

What is regularly prompting US Government shutdowns? How can a country go bankrupt? Can institutions for managing public money be simply duplicated from advanced economies to developing ones? Public Budgeting and Financial Management are central to the conduct of public affairs. The processes for allocating resources to the funding of various policies, as well as controlling and evaluating the proper use of public funds, have a considerable impact on the design and implementation of each public policy. While relatively unknown to the general public, the institutional arrangements for allocating public resources between competing policy objectives are closely linked to governments' decision making processes. Beyond answering such questions as the ones aforementioned, this course will provide students with an overview of the principles and challenges in budgeting and managing public finances. It will present institutional arrangements for organizing decision making on the use of public funds, as well as tools for budgeting and monitoring public resources. It will discuss the role of budgeting in the broader context of managing public affairs (balance of powers, evaluation of public policies, transparency and accountability). Principles will be illustrated with best practices, drawn from international experience, and case studies. The course will be organized in three phases covering various aspects of budgeting and fiscal management, with a strong focus of macrofiscal issues. 1. Introduction Cycle • Introducing PFM • Governments' Revenue and Expenditure Structure • Funding Public Policies • Presentation of the Case Study 2. Budget Preparation and Execution Cycle • Introducing Appropriations • Preparing the Budget • Adopting the Budget: Role of Parliament • Executing the Budget 3. Macrofiscal Management Cycle • Introducing Macrofiscal Management • Fiscal Rules • Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks • Fiscal Councils • Local Government Monitoring • Fiscal Risks

Teachers

  • DUPLAY, Renaud (Assistant Director, Ministry for Finance and Public Accounts)
  • LUCA, Mario (Teaching Assistant)

Pedagogical format

Lectures discussing both theoretical background and international experience, with the support of case studies.

Course validation

One case study based on actual budget documents from a selected country, to be prepared in teams (30%), and one written examination at the end of the course (70%).

Workload

There will be no specific requirement for preparing each session. However, students are invited to read about fiscal issues in the international press. Validation will include preparing a case study with fellow students, to be completed by the end of the course.

Required reading

Cangiano, Curristine and Lazare, Public Financial Management and its Emerging Architecture, IMF 2013, Introduction and Chapter I