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Fiscal Administration

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Ever wonder how federal finance really works? FISCAL ADMINISTRATION, Eighth Edition, shows you how public budgets operate and gives you the opportunity to crunch the numbers. With the Obama administration budget information and data from the U.S. federal budget, including its breakdown, you can see for yourself how policymakers allocate money. Plus, each chapter includes s ...more
Hardcover, 736 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Cengage Learning (first published 1982)
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Carole Lafreniere
Pretty dry, but interesting if your interested in fiscal management.
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Hated this book with every core of my being. Hated the class in which it was used. On some levels, this is a very basic beginners book such as the chapters on government levels and budgeting. On other levels, it was way over my head when talking about fiscal economical formulas and analyzing cost/benefit ration and other devil making matrices. If you are going into any government field, or anywhere in which you are handling the money of an organization, it would behoove you to read this. I learn ...more
Painful subject matter for me. But if you MUST read a book on Fiscal Administration, Mikesell offers some interesting no-nonsense perspectives on the reality of the field. However, when it comes to the subject of crunching numbers, I much prefer texts that take me straight to the upshot with clear examples and outline formatting. This book does no such thing.
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This edition (eighth) has far fewer typographical errors than the previous edition. Also, the Instructor's Manual is more thorough and flawless.

I learned that professional book editors are horrible grammarians. I also learned that budgeting and revenue policy are the most riveting topics one could choose to make their life's work!

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Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mikesell is renowned in the Public Administration field; therefore, from that perspective, this book was interesting to read. Some of the content was well over my field, specifically the various formulas. I felt that some of this information needed additional simplification.
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phd-program
Done. This book is a decent book and relays the information well. I was disappointed that the book is extremely - extremely expensive - like unfairly, ridiculously expensive for a college textbook. I suppose this is necessary because it is updated so frequently.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Had to have for a grad school financial budgeting class. Not going to lie, this was a tough read because it was so dense.
Sep 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. Finance.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good comprehensive overview of fiscal administration at all levels of government, with very little political bias, which is very refreshing in the field of public administration!
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