Accession Number : ADA328406

Title :   The Transaction Costs of the U.S. Congress' Funding Process: Choosing Between Separate or Combined Authorization/Appropriation Committee Structure.

Descriptive Note : Strategy research project

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Baken, Denise N.

PDF Url : ADA328406

Report Date : 03 JUL 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : This paper examines the following question: Are both the authorization and appropriation committees needed for the US Congress to fund the federal government? Before answering this question the processes, the concepts of transaction cost economics, and the transaction costs economics literature are reviewed. Then a transaction cost model similar to that suggested by Barry Weingast and William Marshall in their 1988 Journal of Political Economy article 'The Industrial Organization of Congress; or, Why Legislatures, Like Firms, Are Not Organized as Markets' is applied. The costs of keeping the two processes in separate committees rather than integrating them into one is explored. A conclusion is drawn that the combined costs of the congressional authorization and appropriation committees would be reduced by integrating the two committees into one.

Descriptors :   *CONGRESS, *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *FEDERAL BUDGETS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, ECONOMICS, COST MODELS, LEGISLATION, FEDERAL LAW.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE