Edited by Anwar Shah
For various reasons—whether philosophical, political,
humanitarian, or by institutional mandate—people are concerned
for the well being of the most vulnerable groups in society: women, the
poor, and the elderly. Some would even measure the value of a political
system by how well it cares for the least of its members.
Related to this is the orientation of government toward the public
more generally and the extent that it listens and responds to its
citizens. More specifically, it is the rules and norms—the
institutional framework—of government through which it takes into
account the preferences of people on a day-to-day basis, not just at
the ballot box.
Public Expenditure Analysis explores two themes: the
orientation of government towards its more vulnerable groups and the
extent to which government is responsive to its citizens. The first
part of the book provides tools, methodologies, and examples of how to
examine the impact of government expenditures, taxes, pension systems
and other policies on women, the poor, and the elderly. The second part
looks at the different ways that the government listens to
citizens' voices and proposes a new institutional framework for
governments that wish to implement reforms that increase
responsiveness: citizen-centered government and citizen-centered
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