Actors and the information flows in the Czech parliamentary budget debate
Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management
Article publication date: 10 January 2020
Issue publication date: 13 October 2020
The purpose of this paper is to propose a model that allows analyzing exchange and use of fiscal information by the roles of actors involved in the budget process and to apply the proposed model to the 2018 Czech state budget debate. The aim is to identify approaches used by the members of the Chamber of Deputies (members of the parliament (MPs)) when gathering information to be used in their decision making on the state budget, and to evaluate usefulness of the information provided through the executive’s budget proposal.
This paper is the observatory study of the Czech 2018 state budget debate based on a set of unstructured interviews with newly elected MPs.
When it comes to the MPs deciding about the state budget the executive’s budget proposal seems to be an insufficient source of information as the MPs relied heavily on various information brokers during the budget debate. The use of information and communication technologies in the process of information provision lags behind its potential.
The authors suggest two possible ways to improve the effective transparency of the Czech state budget debate: standardization of the chapter books and making them available to every MP as well as to the general public, and adding the budget proposal to the Monitor budget explorer – a publicly available budget explorer provided by the Ministry of Finance.
The originality of this paper lies in the proposal of the Fiscal Information Ecosystem Model and its application to the 2018 Czech state budget debate which shows how the members of the Czech Chamber of Deputies gathered information they needed in their decision making.
This research was carried out with the support of the Internal Grant Agency and institutional support of the University of Economics Prague No. F1/1/2016 and IP 100040, and it was also supported by the H2020 Project No. 645833 (OpenBudgets.eu).
Sedmihradská, L. and Kučera, J. (2020), "Actors and the information flows in the Czech parliamentary budget debate", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 321-338. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-10-2018-0122
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