Budgeting is a key aspect of governmental behaviour. Research on budgeting has taken various theoretical and methodological approaches, and these differences have prevented scholars from discussing their common topic. In this collection, we have gathered a group of prominent scholars to explore the intermingling of budgets and politics from an assortment of theoretical and methodological perspectives. It highlights not only the breadth of current research but also the range of what remains underexplored. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.
Introduction: Political Budgeting from a Comparative Perspective 1. Budgetary change in authoritarian and democratic regimes 2. Representative systems and policy punctuations 3. Interpreting fiscal accounting rules in the European Union 4. The politics of fiscal rules within the European Union: a dynamic analysis of fiscal rules stringency 5. Public opinion on policy and budgetary trade-offs in European welfare states: evidence from a new comparative survey 6. A new approach to the study of partisan effects on social policy 7. The effects of immigration and integration on European budgetary trade-offs