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Title:A measurement of year-on-year variation in the allocation to national departments in South Africa (2003/4-2007/8) from a public management point of view
Author:Pauw, J.C.ISNI
Periodical:Politeia: Journal for Political Science and Public Administration
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:financial management
national budget
revenue allocation
public finance
government departments
Abstract:The Estimates of National Expenditure in South Africa were analysed over a five-year period (2003-2007) to determine the extent and nature of budget variation at the national level. These estimates are of importance to managers in the public service and to theoreticians in public administration and related fields. Changes are analysed organizationally at the level of votes, programmes and subprogrammes, and statistically at the programme level. A problem related to representing changes is solved intuitively. The analyses indicate a stable fiscal environment for managers. The distribution of the changes is skewed positively, with the modal interval of the distribution lying to the left of the zero change point in real terms. Little evidence was found of muddling through. Strategic planning at departmental level is subject to serious constraints. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]