Course Schedule

Please note that course schedules may be amended due to low enrollment, faculty availability, and/or other factors.

MPPA 402-0 : Elements of Public Finance and Budgeting


Public budgeting is one of the most important responsibilities of democratic governance. The budget defines policy, sets priorities, allocates scarce public resources, and distributes the burden of paying for public goods and services. The budget is inescapably both a political document and a management tool. The purpose of this course is to understand the complexities of the budget process and its central role in both democratic institutions and the profession of public administration. Students will be introduced to the public budgetary process and to key budget theories, practices, and methodologies. The budget structure and process will be reviewed as well as the role of the public administrator and other participants in the process. The course will also examine politics in the budget process and the role of interest groups in decision-making; more specifically, the role of politics in both establishing public spending priorities and in distributing the burden of taxes and fees. Lastly, students will learn about concepts and methodologies relating to program cost analysis and how the budget may be used as a management tool.


Spring 2023
Start/End DatesDay(s)TimeBuildingSection
03/27/23 - 06/10/23F
noon – 2:30 p.m. 50
InstructorCourse LocationStatusCAESAR Course ID
Crosby, Andrew
Chicago Campus
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