America’s public finance system is largely in uncharted territory. Congress has abandoned its own budgetary process, major cities have declared or considered bankruptcy, and public pension systems and the viability of other unfunded liabilities is becoming an increasing source of concern. Healthcare spending is occupying a significant share of both state and federal non-discretionary spending. The federal politics of taxation has seemingly shifted from collecting revenue to serving symbolic gestures, while subnational governments compete with each other for an increasingly mobile tax base.
This conference will aim to evaluate the state of the American fiscal system and discuss its future by inviting scholars to present research on topics relevant to this topic. Paul Posner (George Mason University) will provide the luncheon keynote speech, and paper proposals will be competitively selected. We encourage submissions from all disciplines, including economics, political science, public administration, and law.
Possible areas include, but are not limited to:
•Public budgeting and principles of sound finance
•Debt, credit, and unfunded liabilities
•Fiscal federalism and polycentricity
•Tax and/or expenditure limitations
•Business cycle management in a federalist system
•Regional public competition for economic development
•Public sector debt default or bankruptcy
Proposals: The deadline for submitting proposals is December 12, 2014. Proposals should include title, abstract, authors, and indicate your willingness to serve as a discussant. Questions and proposals should be directed to Justin Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration: There is no fee to register for the conference, but we do ask for registrations to be completed by March 30, 2015.
Location and Schedule: The conference will take place in the School of Public & Environmental Affairs, 1315 E 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405. The conference will begin Friday morning on May 1, and break around noon on Saturday, May 2.
Hotel Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Biddle Hotel Indiana Memorial Union. Reserve online (http://imu.indiana.edu/hotel/) or call (800) 209-8145 and indicate that you are reserving for the “SPEA Public Finance Miniconference.” If reserving online, the block code is SPEAPFMC. Of the many hotels in Bloomington, the Biddle Hotel is the closest to the conference location with only a 5 minute walk.
About the IU Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs
SPEA was founded in 1972 and is a world leader in public and environmental affairs and is the largest school of public administration and public policy in the United States. In the 2012 "Best Graduate Schools" by U.S. News & World Report, SPEA ranks second and is the nation's highest-ranked professional graduate program in public affairs at a public institution. Four of its specialty programs, including public budgeting and finance, are ranked in the top-five listings. SPEA's doctoral programs in public affairs and public policy are also ranked by the National Research Council as among the top two in the nation.