Contesting the future of public finance?
Hall, David (2011) Contesting the future of public finance? In: Contemporary Crisis and Renewal of Public Action: Towards the Emergence of a New Form of Regulation? Économie sociale & Économie publique / Social Economy & Public Economy (3). Peter Lang Publishing Group, Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, pp. 109-130. ISBN 978-90-5201-741-9 (pbk)Full text not available from this repository.
The article discusses the future of public spending and the explanations offered for observed patterns of public spending in relation to GDP. It identifies three key issues.
The first is that there are specific upward economic pressures on public spending, from the stimulus, healthcare, and infrastructure investment. Even if the stimulus packages can be unwound with no lasting increase in spending, the effect of the other two will be significant. Healthcare will be especially relevant in the north, but the south has major infrastructure needs in addition to climate change policies, for roads, electricity, water, the overwhelming majority of which will be done via public finance.
The second is that policies in relation to all of these areas are the subject of intense conflicts (with the possible exception, so far, of climate change policies). This is especially true in the field of healthcare, where we have noted conflicts between popular movements and governments, business interests and government, and, at least potentially, governments and international institutions such as the IMF. It shows the importance of recognising conflicts of major economic groupings as central to the dynamic on public spending, and the degree to which these interests are pursued regardless of evidence on the best option for healthcare or even economic efficiency. This includes the international institutions: the IMF (and the EU, and the OECD) is quite clear that it wants a fiscal result through major cuts in public spending, despite evidence that this is the worst choice for health and efficiency.
The third is that, whether in forecasting future trends or explaining past trends, the patterns are outcomes of multiple and multi-level conflicts whose results are not simply predictable.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Additional Information:|| In Second part. Nationalizations in phase of crisis.  Edited by: The International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC) / Direction de collection: Le Centre International de Recherches et d'Information sur l'Économie Publique, Sociale et Coopérative (CIRIEC). Hosted at the Université de Liège, Belgium.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||public finance, healthcare, IMF, economic crisis|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Business|
School of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
School of Business > Public Services International Research Unit
|Last Modified:||05 Dec 2012 12:35|
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