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Katherine Willoughby

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Ph.D., University of Georgia


Dr. Katherine Willoughby seeks to promote improved budgeting and financial management practices in the public sector. Her primary focus of research is on sub-national government budgetary and fiscal management practices and outcomes. Her book, Policy and Politics in State Budgeting, coauthored with Dr. Kurt Thurmaier, examines the relationship between budgeting and policy development as seen through the eyes of analysts employed in executive budget offices in 11 U.S. state governments in the South and Midwest. Willoughby served as the grading team leader in the area of budget and financial management for the 2005 and 2008 Government Performance Project, a national effort funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and its Center on the States that examined management in the American states. Willoughby has conducted extensive research about performance budgeting laws and effects in these governments, as well. Her most recent books include the co-edited text with Marilyn Rubin (CUNY), Sustaining the States: The Fiscal Viability of American State Governments, and the sole authored book, Public Budgeting in Context: Structure, Law, Reform and Results. Public Budgeting in Context examines budgeting at every level of government in the United States, with comparison to such practices in six other countries around the world.

Willoughby is a research associate with the Andrew Young School International Center for Public Policy as well as the School’s Center for State and Local Finance. She provides training and consulting support to numerous groups of budget, finance and other government officials from around the globe regarding budgeting and financial management best practices, and specifically, performance budgeting through her affiliations with these centers. Willoughby is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a past chair of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management.