Project Summary: Financial Strategy for Public Managers


Title: Financial Strategy for Public Managers
Lead Author: Justin Marlowe (University of Washington)
Rebus Project Manager: Zoe Wake Hyde / @zoe
License: CC BY
Subject: Public Administration/Finance
Target audience: Master of Public Administration programs
Released: Fall 2017

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This text is designed for students in Master of Public Administration programs. It could serve as the core text for a comprehensive introductory graduate or advanced undergraduate course on public financial management. It could also complement university courses or continuing professional education on public finance, public budgeting, tax policy, and non-profit finance. It covers the core concepts and analytical tools of accounting, financial statement analysis, cost analysis, and budgeting, all with applications to public sector organizations. The text is organized around financial management strategy. That is, how do managers in public sector organizations use financial information to design programs, implement policies, and advocate for their organization’s mission? Read the book here!

The book has been written, and is now released. We will need your help with:

  • Making sure that the book meets accessibility standards. See the accessibility assessment of this book.
  • Marketing/promoting adoptions in classrooms

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The Table of Contents is as follows:

How We Pay for the Public Sector
Financial Statement Analysis
Transaction Analysis
Cost Analysis
Budget Strategy
Case - The Cascadia Hearing School
Suggested Reading

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