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Public finance in Kenya, 1895-1963: Policy and programmes: Analytical review of official publications

Thairu, RW; (1990) Public finance in Kenya, 1895-1963: Policy and programmes: Analytical review of official publications. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

As librarians and other information workers increasingly recognize the value of official publications. they become aware that official sources are underutilized. This complicated category of materials is difficult to identify, describe and use due to its peculiar mode of creation, form and distribution. It is among the oldest types of national information sources created in such countries as Kenya, and in the present social, political and economic systems, comprises the bulk of the printed matter; yet its bibliographic study has tended to lag behind. The present work is aimed at demonstrating and promoting usage of these invaluable information sources, with a long-term objective of facilitating indepth studies based on them. The work focuses on official sources of information for the study of public finance in Kenya in the period 1895-1963, a major historical phase during which Kenya was an administrative unit under the British colonial system. The unit had only been created in 1895. Public finance was central to colonial administration and foundations laid then influence the post-colonial public finance policy and procedural decisions. A study of the material created then is carried out through document analysis, institutional and user surveys. Document analysis has accordingly identified over five hundred publications. The results indicate that the materials in focus have historical,current and potential value thus justifying the need to actively promote their utilization. Ways and means of promoting utilization are suggested. The work is presented in nine chapters. The introductory chapters discuss the bibliographical problems of the material under study, explain the study objectives and methods, and define the theoretical framework of the study concepts. Subsequent chapters contain the results of the institutions and user investigations, and the report of a historical survey of the evolution and development of public finance policies and practices as evidenced in the official information sources. In analysing the characteristics, utility and relevance of the publications identified, the organs then responsible for the creation of official publications in Kenya and the UK are discussed, followed by the analytical guide accompanied by a names and subject index in the appendix. Conclusions, recommendations and suggestions for further studies are made appropriately.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Public finance in Kenya, 1895-1963: Policy and programmes: Analytical review of official publications
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127842
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