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The Politics of Taxing and Spending

Patrick Fisher
The Politics of Taxing and Spending
ISBN: 978-1-58826-644-6
ISBN: 978-1-58826-619-4
ISBN: 978-1-62637-093-7
2009/193 pages/LC: 2008040203

"Fisher provides a sober, comprehensive, and well-researched review of the issues surrounding the politics of taxing and spending. Students and general readers will benefit from this balanced appraisal of the complexities of budget policy, complete with examples from recent budget battles."—Choice

"Fisher packs a treasure trove of material into this accessible explanation of taxing and spending decisions. Armed with this knowledge, readers will be able to critically analyze the claims politicians make and understand the difficult trade-offs involved in addressing public needs."—William E. Hudson, Providence College

"Offering a big picture of the problems faced by the federal government as it tries to balance taxing and spending policy, Fisher makes complicated material understandable for nonspecialists."—David B. Robertson, University of Missouri-St. Louis


How are budget decisions made by the US government? Is it fair to blame skyrocketing deficits on an inability to curtail spending? How—and why—are taxing and spending decidedly separate political processes?

Emphasizing budgetary politics rather than economic theories, Patrick Fisher offers a clear, thorough overview of how money flows through our government coffers. A welcome realism pervades Fisher's analysis of budget making, and numerous case studies of events in recent budget politics bring his arguments to life. The result is a balanced wealth of material for classroom discussion.


Patrick Fisher is associate professor of political science at Seton Hall University. His publications include Congressional Budgeting: A Representational Perspective.


  • The Discrepancy Between Taxing and Spending.
  • The Politics of Taxing.
  • Raising Taxes.
  • Cutting Taxes.
  • The Politics of Spending.
  • The Growth of Government Spending.
  • Reducing Spending.
  • Deficits and Democracy in the United States.