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An Analysis on the Budget-related Decision-making Behaviors by a Fiscal Official by in-depth Interviews

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2007, 18(2), pp.121-145
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

HA TAE SOO 1

1경기대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to explore the following several questions: Which degree of rationality budget officials do budgeting work in? Which decision-making model is close to their budgeting behaviors? Which of the two Rationality and Incrementalism models is more valid in explaining real-world budgeting? It divides budgeting processes into two stages according to the Wildavsky's category: guardian side and advocate side. Data were collected by open in-depth face-to-face interviews. The interviewee is a fire-fighting officer of the Gyonggi Prefecture, who has been in charge of budgeting. Results show that in the guardian side the officer often uses the strategies of calculating by algorithm, depending on the policy guidelines from superiors, turning review works over to street-level fire stations, and bargaining/compromising. On the other hand, in the advocate side, his main strategies were persuading rationally, lowering expectation level, depending on the policy guidelines, and approaching through personal network.

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