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

39 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2007

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Ian Lienert

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

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.

JEL Classification: E62, H11, H30, H50, H61, H80, K10, K40, P43, P51

Suggested Citation

Lienert, I., British Influence on Commonwealth Budget Systems: The Case of the United Republic of Tanzania (April 2007). IMF Working Paper No. 07/78, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=979032

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