Budgeting, policy, and administration: Patterns and dynamics in the united states

John R. Bartle

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This article examines the relationships between policy, administration, and budgeting. I argue that the administration of government is directly and primarily influenced by changes in policy and budgeting. A conceptual framework of the interrelationship between these three factors is presented. This framework is applied to Schick's classic periodicization of twentieth century U.S. history. Three value orientations of budgeting—control, management, and planning—were evident at different times during these periods. The framework is then applied to the period since 1981, labeled a phase of limitation. This phase has been an unhealthy development in American government.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration


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