Why PART: The Institutional Politics of Presidential Budget Reform

dc.contributor.authorDull, Matthew M.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-13T18:04:14Zen
dc.date.available2017-02-13T18:04:14Zen
dc.date.issued2006-12-25en
dc.description.abstractThe George W. Bush administration’s Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) follows a sequence of president-initiated budget reforms. The pattern is puzzling in that past reforms have tended to drain staff resources, failed to take hold, and yielded little or no political advantage. Given the track record of past initiatives, why has the Bush administration chosen to invest Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and agency resources in PART? This article briefly traces PART’s development and, placing the initiative in the context of contemporary research on the institutional presidency, attempts to make sense of the sustained appeal that rationalizing reforms have held across administrations. An account of reform as problem solving is developed. Set against the changing architecture of budget and administrative politics, reform is prompted by the interplay of evolving management concepts and two persistent problem types: Reform holds at least the potential for enhanced budget control where any leverage is valued and responds to the dilemmas of managing policy competence in the modern institutional presidency. The article concludes with a plea on behalf of institutional theories built on realistic models of how actors interpret and respond to the conditions prevailing in administrative politics.en
dc.description.versionPublished versionen
dc.format.extent255 - 284 page(s)en
dc.identifier.issue2en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/75015en
dc.identifier.volume19en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.titleWhy PART: The Institutional Politics of Presidential Budget Reformen
dc.title.serialJournal of Public Administration Research & Theoryen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
pubs.organisational-group/Virginia Techen
pubs.organisational-group/Virginia Tech/All T&R Facultyen
pubs.organisational-group/Virginia Tech/Architecture and Urban Studiesen
pubs.organisational-group/Virginia Tech/Architecture and Urban Studies/CAUS T&R Facultyen
pubs.organisational-group/Virginia Tech/Architecture and Urban Studies/School of Public and International Affairsen
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