British Influence on Commonwealth Budget Systems: The Case of the United Republic of Tanzania

 
Author/Editor: Lienert, Ian
 
Publication Date: April 01, 2007
 
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Summary: Several features of Tanzania's budget system find their roots in the arrangements inherited from the United Kingdom. These include a legal framework that emphasizes accountability; a cabinet of ministers with strong budget decision-making powers; a parliament with very limited budget powers; and a similar external audit organization. In both countries, budget execution is decentralized to individual ministries, with accounting officers responsible to a parliamentary accounts committee. These similarities are blended with contrasts, including in Tanzania: a presidential system of government, one dominant political party, a written constitution, and some fragmentation in central budget decision-making within the executive.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 07/78
Subject(s): Budgeting | Tanzania | Government accounting

Author's Keyword(s): Budget | legislature | executive | constitution | law | Minister of Finance | Chancellor | Exchequer | Permanent Secretary | Accounting Officer
 
English
Publication Date: April 01, 2007
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2007078 Pages: 37
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