Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the uk public sector: Act 2 ‘the annual budget

Laurence Ferry*, Peter Eckersley

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This paper explains how the UK government sets its annual budgets within the context of multi-year spending reviews, yet was able to announce policies in the 2011 annual budget that sat outside the 2010 spending review framework. As such, it illustrates that the budget process remains an enabler of changing circumstances and is not constrained by medium-term financial planning. This finding has implications for other jurisdictions that may be considering how best to balance annual flexibility with multi-year stability in public spending.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number2
Early online dateFeb 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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  • Budgeting
  • Enabling
  • Multi-year planning
  • Practice theory
  • Public sector

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