The Misattribution of Fiscal Analysis: Case of the Australian Parliamentary Budget Office and the Liberal Party
9 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 7, 2017
The analysis of fiscal policy can fall prey to partisanship and political recrimination, which is why the correct attribution of budget analysis, particularly by nonpartisan institutions, is paramount. This discussion paper examines a peculiar case of misattribution during political budgetary debate for which a Legislative Budget Office (LBO), the Parliamentary Budget Office of Australia (PBOA), had to explicitly correct the misattribution, and this serves as a lesson for the insistence of nonpartisanship in the political budget process.
Keywords: Australia, Parliamentary Budget Office, Treasury, Misattribution, Fiscal Illusion, Transparency, Accountability, Institutional Ethics, Ethics, Budgeting, Fiscal Policy
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