Publikationstyp: Beitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift
Art der Begutachtung: Peer review (Publikation)
Titel: A politico-economic perspective on financial sustainability
Autor/-in: Slembeck, Tilman
Jans, Armin
Leu, Thomas
DOI: 10.1108/JPBAFM-26-01-2014-B006
Erschienen in: Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management
Band(Heft): 26
Heft: 1
Seiten: 140
Seiten bis: 164
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Verlag / Hrsg. Institution: Emerald
ISSN: 1096-3367
1945-1814
Sprache: Englisch
Schlagwörter: Sustainability; Budgeting; Dept; Finance
Fachgebiet (DDC): 320: Politik
332: Finanzwirtschaft
Zusammenfassung: Financial sustainability requires governments to run sufficiently large primary surpluses going forward to cover the cost of servicing its debt budgets to balance in the long run. In democracies, politicians who strive for reelection often tend to systematically violate this tenet. This paper discusses two types of “anchors” that may be used to cope with this problem by limiting the room for new and excessive public debt. First, we analyze national constitutional safeguards on the basis of the “debt brake” in Switzerland and Germany. Second, we discuss international institutions to maintain financial discipline, referring to the Maastricht-criteria. These anchors are designed to allow policymakers to commit to policies that provide long term financial stability and sustainability of public finances. However, as the recent crises have shown, the problem of time inconsistency in policy making remains, especially when anchors are weak. Therefore, the paper discusses the circumstances under which institutional anchors may help to restrict politician behavior to promote sustainability of public finances. We conclude by indentifying three conditions required for the proper functioning of collective anchors in the context of public finances.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/9634
Volltext Version: Publizierte Version
Lizenz (gemäss Verlagsvertrag): Lizenz gemäss Verlagsvertrag
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisationseinheit: Fachstelle für Wirtschaftspolitik (FWP)
Enthalten in den Sammlungen:Publikationen School of Management and Law

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