Control of Federal Spending

Control of Federal Spending

Control of Federal Spending

Control of Federal Spending


Federal government spending continues to rise — from already high levels to alarming new heights. Both the level attained and the rate of increase are causes of concern. In many respects the problems are long-standing. Yet some new elements have complicated the problems.

Whether the problems remain unsolved from the past or result from recent developments, they demand continuing attention. Expenditure control bears on the size of the Federal deficit, in itself a subject of increasing concern. The problems involve real resources — and taxes and borrowing — in large amounts. The trends foreshadow even higher expenditures and more reason for making a determined effort to understand and to act constructively, and act sooner rather than later.

This volume presents discussions on a variety of specific topics. The authors draw on a wide diversity of contacts with the problems. The reader will gain many insights into the difficulties of reducing the rates of growth and will find suggestions for achieving progress.

The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of any organizations with which they are associated. The Academy of Political Science serves as a forum for the development and dissemination of opinion on public‐ policy questions, but it does not make recommendations on political and social issues.

The Academy expresses its appreciation to the John M. Olin Foundation, Inc., and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, Inc., for financing this project. It is also grateful to William Farr, David Ordan, and Deuward Bultman for editing the manuscripts and supervising the production of this volume.

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