Value for Money

Value for Money

Budget and financial management reform in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia

Edited by: Andrew Podger orcid, Tsai-tsu Su, John Wanna orcid, Hon S. Chan orcid, Meili Niu

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The Greater China Australia Dialogue on Public Administration has held annual workshops since 2011 on public administration themes of common interest to the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia.

This book presents and discusses a selection of papers developed from the Dialogue’s fifth workshop held in late 2015 hosted by the National Taiwan University in Taipei. The theme, ‘Value for Money’, focused on budget and financial management reforms, including how different nations account for the relative performance of their public sectors.

All governments face the challenge of scarce resources requiring budgetary management processes for identifying the resources required by and available to government, and then for allocating them and ensuring their use or deployment represents value for money. Such budgetary and financial management processes need to inform decision-making routinely and protect the integrity of the way public resources are used – with some public accountability to indicate that their uses are properly authorised and reflect the policies of legitimate government leaders.

The chapters in this book explore budgeting and financial management in three very different jurisdictions: Australia, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan). These activist and at times innovative countries are keen to analyse and reflect upon each other’s policy achievements and patterns of public provision. They are keen to learn more about each other as their economic and social engagement continues to deepen. They are also conscious that fundamental differences exist in terms of economic development and global strategic positioning, and levels and philosophies of political development; to an extent these differences are representative of differences amongst countries around the globe.

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  1. How political institutions, history and experience affect government budgeting processes and ways of achieving ‘value for money’ (PDF, 0.2MB)Andrew Podger, Tsai-tsu Su, John Wanna, Meili Niu and Hon S. Chan doi
  2. Government budgeting and the quest for value-for-money outcomes in Australia (PDF, 0.2MB)John Wanna doi
  3. Projecting long-term fiscal outcomes (PDF, 0.2MB)Mike Woods doi
  4. Budget reform in China: Progress and prospects in the Xi Jinping era (PDF, 0.1MB)Christine Wong doi
  5. Public budgeting system in Taiwan: Does it lead to better value for money? (PDF, 0.1MB)Tsai-tsu Su doi
  6. Making ‘accountability for results’ really work? (PDF, 0.5MB)Andrew Podger doi
  7. Adoption or implementation? Performance measurement in the City of Guangzhou’s Department of Education (PDF, 0.4MB)Meili Niu doi
  8. Public financial management and the campaign against extravagant position-related consumption in China (PDF, 0.2MB)Hanyu Xiao doi
  9. Accountability reform, parliamentary oversight and the role of performance audit in Australia (PDF, 0.2MB)Zahirul Hoque and Des Pearson doi
  10. The development of performance auditing in Taiwan (PDF, 0.3MB)Kai-Hung Fang and Tsai-tsu Su doi
  11. Budgeting and financial management of public infrastructure: The experience of Taiwan (PDF, 0.3MB)Yu-Ying Kuo and Ming Huei Cheng doi
  12. Municipal financial strategy responses to fiscal austerity: The case of Taiwan (PDF, 0.2MB)Hsin-Fang Tsai doi
  13. Australia’s employment services, 1998–2012: Using performance monitoring and evaluation to improve value for money (PDF, 0.2MB)Wendy Jarvie and Trish Mercer doi
  14. Case study of the role of third-party evaluators in performance-based budgeting reform at the local government level in China (PDF, 0.2MB)Zaozao Zhao doi
  15. Education outlay, fiscal transfers and interregional funding equity: A county-level analysis of education finance in China (PDF, 0.4MB)Ping Zhang, Zizhou Bu, Youqiang Wang and Yilin Hou doi
  16. Timely help or icing the cake? Revisiting the effect of public subsidies on private R&D investment in Taiwan (PDF, 0.6MB)Hsini Huang and Nailing Kuo doi
  17. ‘Value for money’ lessons and challenges (PDF, 0.1MB)Andrew Podger doi

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