From the point of view of public finance research, this book is a little quaint. A typical court of audit judges only what is put before it. In these essays it is argued that the judge should search for alternative actions that could have been taken and change thereby the records presented. This is different in that traditional public finance talks about some unkwn entity whose well being a benign president should implement. We are t particularly impressed with this model. Our way of reasoning is that we want to talk about alternatives.
The Editor: Jurgen G. Backhaus, born in 1950, JSD 1976, Ph.D. (Econ) 1985, holds the Krupp Chair in Public Finance and Fiscal Sociology at Erfurt University since November 2000. Between 1986 and 2000, he held the chair in Public Economics at Maastricht University. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Thessaly (Greece). He has published 68 books and monographs, about 200 articles in refereed journals and book chapters, 28 scholarly notes and 63 reviews.