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Modern Public Finance : Theory and Policy


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Public Finance is a subject of unique importance in the field of macroeconomic studies. Public Finance is essentially a study of the role of government in a modern economy-relating to the means of financing public expenditure as revealed through the budget. Fiscal policy of the government gives a direction and shapes the budgetary constituents. It has wider repercussions on the economic system and microeconomic performance of the economic society. Indeed, budget is a means to implement government programmes as well as induce the country as a whole towards fulfilment of socio-economic goals declared on national agenda, in short run phases of medium-term planning or programming perspective. Effectiveness of the budget in this regard depends on its structure and piercing of fiscal operations involving government revenue and expenditure.

Indeed, Public Finance is a fascinating and excellent subject in economic discipline that involves pragmatic application of economic theory, ideas and techniques, interacting with real-world problems in a political economy.

Public finance is a measure of judging the role and worth of ruling political party in a democratic country. Hence, an understanding of fiscal activity of the government is of great importance to the alert citizen.

This volume exposes the theories and principles as well as analyses of the course of fiscal and financial behaviour of the government and its implication to understand the role of government in a developing economy such as India. An attempt is made not only to cover the traditional body of doctrines of public finance but also to trace the evolution of recent and newer developments in the subject, with formalistic and empirical exposition of some ideas.

Some topics such as public expenditure, public debt, deficit financing, federal finance, etc. have been paid a little more attention in view of their growing importance in practical life as a consequence of the ever-expanding role of modern state in the economic arena. The treatment of the subject is theoretical and practical. References to the Indian situation have been made or illustrations offered wherever found suitable and necessary.

It is intended to cater to the need of the student community and teaching fraternity alike who are in search of a comprehensive reference book for their studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in economics, commerce and management faculties. Candidates preparing for professional examinations would also find utility in this book.


Contents :

1. Meaning and Scope of Public Finance
2. The Role of Government in A Market-Driven Economy
3. Government`s Role and Performance in India`s Mixed Economy
4. Padegogy of Public Finance
5. Sources of Public Revenue
6. Canons and Characteristics of a Good Tax System
7. Principles of Equity in Taxation
8. Taxonomy of Taxable Capacity
9. The Tax Rate Structure
10. Direct and Indirect Taxation
11. Theories of Shifting and Incidence of Taxation
12. Effects of Taxation
13. Public Expenditure
14. Public Debt
15. Analytics of Public Debt in India-I
16. Public Debt in India-II
17. Theory of Fiscal Policy
18. The Long-term Fiscal Policy of the Government of India: A Critical Review
19. Government Deficits and Financing
20. Fiscal Deficits in India
21. Development Finance: An Understanding
22. Fiscal Federation: Centre-State Financial Relations
23. Supply-Side Economics: New Dimension to Public Finance
24. The Problem of Black Money in India: An Unsolved Riddle
25. Public Sector, Public Utilities and Pricing Problem
26. The Rudiments of Social Cost-benefit Analysis
27. A Framework of Public Policy Towards Disaster Management


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Dr. D.M. Mithani


Himalaya pub