Independence within the Parliamentary Budget Office of Greece
5 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2018
Date Written: March 25, 2018
This discussion examines the importance of “independence” in the establishment of Parliamentary Budget Offices (PBOs), using Greece’s PBO in 2018 as a case study, as the appointment of a political official to head the PBO creates risks of reducing the office’s independence. This discussion paper notes that such problems do affect other PBOs around the world, and that insisting upon a nonpartisan, apolitical mandate for a PBO, in bolstered independence from political intrusion, is important for effective budgetary oversight roles for PBOs.
Keywords: budget, greece, fiscal policy, oversight, parliament, crisis
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