23. Whose budget?
Who should be involved in the budgeting process?
In the previous pages we agreed upon the principle that the citizens can and should
share in the management of their country in the same way that they are able to
manage their homes and their businesses.
If that principle is agreed upon, it follows that these citizens should have a say in the
size of the taxes that they will be called upon to pay and in the usage that the
government will make of the proceeds of these taxes.
In other words the citizens should be directly associated in the preparation of the
yearly national budget that decides how much money will be raised by the
government and to which purpose this money will be used.
budgeting process, the web site on international budget partnership proposes a
number of approaches used in numerous countries around the world.
These approaches vary from the ones adopted by the Scandinavian countries in
Europe where the democratic process is highly developed to some countries in
Africa and Asia where it is necessary to start by explaining the fundamental concept
to the population.
generally understands fairly well the principle of the right to participate but finds it
hard to believe, after four hundred years of Ottoman rule, twenty years of French
rule, and sixty years of imperfect democracy, to say the least,that the other party,
meaning the State (Al Dawle), is serious about calling for that participation.
transparency and offer to the citizens the right to share in the fiscal decision making
Once the principle is accepted it remains to set up a system to define the terms and
the method, and the extent of that participation.
That is what we shall examine in the following web page.
We present below a list of twenty five public officials and public, private and
international organizations and institutions likely to be involved in the budget and in
the planning processes