BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Professors Justin Ross and Craig Johnson at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs have been named editors of the journal Public Budgeting & Finance, the top public finance journal of public administration.
Public Budgeting & Finance (PB&F) serves as a forum for the communication of research and experiences on all facets of government finance and provides meaningful exchange between research from universities, private and nonprofit research institutes, practitioners in financial markets and government agencies, and those who specialize in government budgeting and finance. Ross is a professor of public finance with a focus on public revenue theory, public managerial economics, and benefit-cost analysis. Johnson is an expert in capital markets and financial intermediation, financial management, public budgeting and finance, and economic development finance.
“We are very honored to continue the work of previous editorial teams, finding and raising attention to the most important scholarly work of the day in public finance and budgeting,” Ross said. “There is much important work to be done.”
PB&F was founded in 1981 and publishes articles of policy and practitioner relevance on budgeting, taxation, accounting, and financial management for the public and nonprofit sector.
“We in the U.S. just narrowly avoided a monetary default from a debt ceiling crisis but face growing fiscal sustainability problems in our major federal programs,” Johnson and Ross said. “States and local governments are trying to find their footing in an economy that’s shifting in response to digitization, remote work, artificial intelligence, cyber security, social equity and climate change. Bipartisanship and trust in government is declining, and nonprofits are trying to fill the gaps. Other countries are trying to build fiscal capacity from scratch or operate under entirely different political regimes and fiscal structures. Scholars have long thought that was a force that pushed autocratic institutions towards more representative government and liberalism, an idea that might need refreshing in the global rise of authoritarianism. These are all topics scholars have weighed in on, and will continue to do so, through Public Budgeting & Finance as their mode of communication.”
PB&F is the flagship academic journal of the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management (ABFM) and the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis (AABPA), and late O’Neill School Professor John Mikesell served as editor-in-chief of PB&F from 1996-2011.