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Financial Strategy for Public Managers

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Sharon Kioko, University of Washington

Justin Marlowe, University of Washington

Copyright Year: 2016

Publisher: Rebus Community

Language: English

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Reviewed by Lawrence Nelson, Instructor, Dakota County Technical College on 4/11/23

I will be teaching a course on financial management for public and private sectors. Prior to reading this textbook, I had a lack of knowledge in public financial management and this textbook covers the public sector (non-profit and government)... read more

Reviewed by Jennie Mitchell, Emerita Professor, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College on 11/10/22

The text does much more than provide financial strategy guidance. It dives deep into the most common transactions in nonprofit accounting. For example, the authors devote an entire chapter to transaction analysis. The authors explained “in... read more

Reviewed by Todd Ely, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver on 4/17/20

The “strategy” focus in the title is narrower than the actual content of the book, which covers everything from public sector revenue sources to financial accounting and budget strategy across six chapters. From the opening sentence, the... read more

Reviewed by Wesley Wehde, Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University on 10/28/19

As the authors note, this textbook is suitable for an introduction class on financial management. To this effect, it is comprehensive. For longer courses or more in-depth classes, other resources would likely be needed. It would be nice if the... read more

Reviewed by Diane Verrill, Visiting Instructor, University of South Florida on 3/27/18

Each chapter is impressive and comprehensive. The authors do recognize that the textbook might not be used in itself entirety in any given course because they comment that Chapter 2 and 3 would be appropriate for courses on government accounting,... read more

Table of Contents



  • How We Pay for the Public Sector
  • The Basic Financial Statements
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Transaction Analysis
  • Cost Analysis
  • Budget Strategy

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  • About the Book

    Financial Strategy for Public Managers is a new generation textbook for financial management in the public sector. It offers a thorough, applied, and concise introduction to the essential financial concepts and analytical tools that today's effective public servants need to know. It starts “at the beginning” and assumes no prior knowledge or experience in financial management. Throughout the text, Kioko and Marlowe emphasize how financial information can and should inform every aspect of public sector strategy, from routine procurement decisions to budget preparation to program design to major new policy initiatives. They draw upon dozens of real-world examples, cases, and applied problems to bring that relationship between information and strategy to life. Unlike other public financial management texts, the authors also integrate foundational principles across the government, non-profit, and “hybrid/for-benefit” sectors. Coverage includes basic principles of accounting and financial reporting, preparing and analyzing financial statements, cost analysis, and the process and politics of budget preparation. The text also includes several large case studies appropriate for class discussion and/or graded assignments.

    About the Contributors


    Sharon N. Kioko is Associate Professor at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.

    Justin Marlowe is the Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.

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