The political budget cycle in local government finance: a balance sheet approach on the example of cities with poviat rights

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Daniel Budzeń
Marcin Wiśniewski


The aim of this paper is to carry out an empirical verification of the occurrence of the political cycle in cities with poviat rights in Poland. Current challenges of local financial management, previous results of national and international research, and threats associated with various types of risks, including political risks, are the motivation for addressing this topic in the paper. The research was conducted using panel data analysis, and its results indicate the existence of a political budget cycle, the effects of which are reflected in the asset and financial situation of cities. The study used balance sheet data, which significantly distinguishes it from previous studies, both domestic and foreign. The results allow us to conclude that balance sheet information should find wider application in monitoring the security and stability of local government finances in Poland.


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Budzeń, D., & Wiśniewski, M. (2024). The political budget cycle in local government finance: a balance sheet approach on the example of cities with poviat rights. Journal of Management and Financial Sciences, (50).


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