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Alternative Budgets Budgeting as If People Mattered by John Loxley

Alternative Budgets Budgeting as If People Mattered


Alternative Budgets Budgeting as If People Mattered by John Loxley

Alternative budgets are presented as a method of political mobilization that advances fiscally responsible government allocation of resources in this treatise on the enlightened alternatives to the neoconservative agenda of slashing social services. The basics of budgeting, the technical and political contexts of budgeting, and the relationship between budget legislation and fiscal constraints on governments are among the issues discussed to make the more esoteric aspects of budgeting understandable. A budget that emphasizes the needs of poor people, women, and the environment is outlined with information on how to construct alternative budgets, analyze the possibilities of government funding, and mobilize political activists to propose clear, affordable alternatives to neoliberal government cutbacks.


Economics may be dismal, budgets may be boring, but add democracy and compassion and this book shows that you get real alternatives full of hope. Better than anything Prime Minister Paul Martin has ever delivered or ever will. --Mel Watkins, professor emeritus of economics and political science, University of Toronto

About the Author

John Loxley is a professor of economics at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of Debt and Disorder and Disequilibrium and Growth.

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Publication date

26th August 2003


John Loxley

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Fernwood Publishing Co Ltd


145 pages





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