Book Review: Reconstructing Iraq's Budgetary Institutions: Coalition State Building after Saddam, by James D. Savage
Journal of Comparative Politics Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 903-05 (2015)
4 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2016 Last revised: 26 Jul 2016
Date Written: September 15, 2015
A review of Professor Savage's important book on the drafting and executing of national budgets in Iraq in the post Saddam era. The review demonstrates that Professor Savage's book is by far the most careful, detailed and considered work on the Iraqi budget, and is likely to remain so for some time to come. Only one significant flaw mars the otherwise admirable effort, and this is that Savage's extensive research and interviews only seem to have reached as far as the CPA, its contractors, and those Iraqis closely affiliated with the CPA. The result is that, at times, there appears to be a tendency to credit expatriate and CPA driven accounts over those of local actors.
Keywords: Iraq, budget, Iraqi finance, Iraqi budget, CPA
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