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Parliament, the Budget and Poverty in South Africa. A Shift in Power
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Effective and transparent government budgeting is vital to any democracy. In South Africa, massive poverty, inequality and unemployment remain, despite the successful political transformation, citizens and Parliament have a particularly important role to play in shaping budget policy and overseeing its implementation. South Africa reached a crossroads in fiscal governance when it passed the Money Bills Amendment Act in 2009, a law which granted Parliament strong powers to amend the budget prepared by the executive. This publication explores the content of the new law as well as the challenges and opportunities arising from it. It also discusses the role of Parliament in ensuring pro-poor budgeting. Good fiscal governance is too important for the wellbeing of South Africans to not be a part of our public conversations.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. c-c
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-i
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. ii-ii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. iii-iii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iv-iv
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Chapter One. PRO-POOR BUDGETING: GENERAL REFLECTIONS AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN SITUATION
  2. pp. 6-25
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  1. Chapter Two. SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET PROCESS: AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT
  2. pp. 26-41
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  1. Chapter Three. BUDGET OVERSIGHT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
  2. pp. 42-61
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  1. Chapter Four. BUDGET OVERSIGHT AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN BUDGET OFFICE
  2. pp. 62-75
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  1. Chapter Five. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BUDGETING: OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED BY NEW AMENDMENT POWERS
  2. pp. 76-94
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 97-102
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. bc-bc
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