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The Economic Constitution$
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Tony Prosser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644537.001.0001

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‘Getting and Spending’ 2: Public Expenditure

‘Getting and Spending’ 2: Public Expenditure

(p.110) 5 ‘Getting and Spending’ 2: Public Expenditure
The Economic Constitution

Tony Prosser

Oxford University Press

Public expenditure is a relatively neglected area for constitutional examination in the UK. This chapter describes the constitutional principles which may apply to public spending, and the administrative controls which operate; particular attention is given to the Spending Review process which is now of fundamental importance in shaping government and administration and in attempting to secure a coherent approach across government. The UK process is compared to that in Scotland and it is argued that the latter is a more open and participative process. There is also an account of the audit and scrutiny of expenditure through the work of the National Audit Office and of the Public Accounts Committee, and of recent innovations such as resource accounting and budgeting and whole of government accounts.

Keywords:   Public spending, Spending Review, audit, budget, Parliament

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