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Public Organization Review

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 493–518 | Cite as

Nepalese Budgetary Dynamics: Following Incrementalism or Punctuated Equilibrium?

  • Hari Prasad Guragain
  • Seunghoo LimEmail author
Article

Abstract

Government budget appropriation patterns are mainly explained by theories of incrementalism and punctuated equilibrium. Consistent with these theories, this study empirically analysed Nepalese budgetary time series data from 1990 to 2017 and concluded that the budget appropriation pattern is characterized by several fluctuations and policy changes that are not limited to incremental changes. In addition to considering hypotheses regarding incremental change and punctuated equilibrium, three additional hypotheses based on budget adjustment assumptions are derived and evaluated: parallel, sequential, and complementary punctuation. Extending such assumptions to explain the budgetary process contributes to introducing budget punctuation typologies that enrich punctuated equilibrium theory.

Keywords

Types of budget punctuations Incrementalism Nepalese budgetary dynamics Political instability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Development ProgramInternational University of JapanMinami Uonuma-shiJapan
  2. 2.Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, Singh DurbarKathmanduNepal
  3. 3.Public Management and Policy Analysis ProgramInternational University of JapanMinami Uonuma-shiJapan

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