Aaron Wildavsky was one of the most innovative and prolific scholars in the field of budgeting in our time. His work spanned a period of more than forty years, and its perspectives encompassed not only budgeting in the United States, but also its comparative and historical dimensions. As a leading political scientist, his research also ranged into American political institutions, public policy analysis, leadership, and biblical studies. This book pays tribute to Aaron Wildavsky by explicating his life and work, with emphasis on his contributions to the field of public budgeting and finance.Larry Jones and Jerry McCaffery place Wildavsky's work within the context of previous work on budgeting. They show how some of the highlights of his immense output responded to and shaped questions in the field. Naomi Caiden reviews the way in which Wildavsky used budgeting as a window into other areas of politics. Richard Rose discusses how an American scholar became an internationally known one. Joseph White goes back to the beginning of Aaron's career and shows that budgeting in agencies and in Congress is still incremental for very powerful reasons. Allen Schick reviews the history of the federal budget process, brilliantly summarizing how much has changed.The festschrift poignantly assesses the significance and influence of Aaron Wildavsky's work. It also includes some excerpts from Wildavsky's own writings in this area, and experiences of those who collaborated with him. In acknowledging Wildavsky's contributions to public budgeting and political science, this book also makes an original contribution to the field. It will be a necessary addition to the libraries of political scientists, economists, policymakers, not to mention all those who admired Aaron Wildavsky and his work.
Table of Contents
1. FROM THE WRITINGS OF AARON WILDAVSKY, 2. BUDGETING ACCORDING TO WILDAVSKY: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY, 3. BUDGETING IN HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE, 4. NATURALISTIC INQUIRY IN WASHINGTON AND WHITEHALL, 5. AARON WILDAVSKY: EIN MENSCH FUR DIE GANZE WELT, 6. WORKING WITH AARON WILDAVSKY: EDITED TRANSCRIPTION OF A ROUND TABLE IN REMEMBRANCE OF AARON WILDAVSKY, OCTOBER 15, 1993, 7. DEFICITS AND THE ECONOMY: THE CASE OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION AND INTEREST RATES 8. (ALMOST) NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN: WHY THE WORK OF BUDGETING REMAINS INCREMENTAL,9. FROM THE OLD POLITICS OF BUDGETING TO THE NEW
Naomi Caiden, Professor of Public Administration, California State University, Los Angeles. Editor, Public Budgeting and Finance.