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Budgeting Is About Values

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2011

While many people think government budgeting is about accounting, the hardest part of the process, according to John Ellwood, is to build consensus on the basis for making budget decisions. That is, he argued, a political process, where necessarily people will have to make compromises about things they value.

Ellwood is professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC-Berkeley.  He spoke at the summer quarterly meeting of the Public Sector Roundtable.

Tags: budgeting, government ethics