Wehner, Joachim

Dr Joachim Wehner  


Position held

Associate Professor in Public Policy


Experience keywords:

South Africa: government and politics; budgeting and public finance; decentralisation; legislatures; political economy

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Joachim Wehner is Lecturer in Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also a member of the Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group and the Public Policy Group (PPG). Joachim obtained a PhD in Government from the LSE in 2007. Previously, he worked as a policy analyst at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa). He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and other organisations. His research interests include public budgeting, fiscal policy, legislatures, decentralisation, as well as governance and politics in Africa. He teaches Public Budgeting and Financial Management (GV4E4).

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Africa; South Africa


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Basic]; German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7107 5408



Hallerberg, Mark and Wehner, Joachim (2017) When do you get economists as policy-makers? British Journal of Political Science. ISSN 0007-1234 (In Press)

de Renzio, Paolo and Wehner, Joachim (2017) The impacts of fiscal openness World Bank Research Observer, 32 (2). 185-210. ISSN 0257-3032


von Trapp, Lisa and Lienert, Ian and Wehner, Joachim (2016) Principles for independent fiscal institutions and case studies OECD Journal on Budgeting, 15 (2). 9-24. ISSN 1608-7143

Kroth, Verena and Larcinese, Valentino and Wehner, Joachim (2016) A better life for all? Democratization and electrification in post-apartheid South Africa Journal of Politics, 78 (3). 774-791. ISSN 0022-3816


Alt, James and Lassen, David Dreyer and Wehner, Joachim (2014) It isn't just about Greece: domestic politics, transparency and fiscal gimmickry in Europe British Journal of Political Science, 44 (04). 707-716. ISSN 0007-1234


Wehner, Joachim and de Renzio, Paolo (2013) Citizens, legislators, and executive disclosure: the political determinants of fiscal transparency World Development, 41. 96-108. ISSN 0305-750X


Hallerberg, Mark and Wehner, Joachim (2012) The educational competence of economic policymakers in the EU Global Policy, 3 (supp.1). 9-15. ISSN 1758-5880


Wehner, Joachim (2011) The case for congressional budgeting Public Administration Review, 71 (3). 349-351. ISSN 0033-3352


Hills, John and Wehner, Joachim and Dunleavy, Patrick and Cammaerts, Bart and Leunig, Tim (2010) The ‘emergency’ budget – solving the UK’s problems?: or creating the basis for new crises? British Politics and Policy at LSE (25 Jun 2010) Blog entry

Kraan, Dirk-Jan and Wehner, Joachim and Sheppard, James and Kostyleva, Valentina and Duzler, Barbara (2010) Budgeting in Latvia OECD Journal on Budgeting, 9 (3). 185-227. ISSN 1608-7143

Wehner, Joachim (2010) Cabinet structure and fiscal policy outcomes European Journal of Political Research, 49 (5). 631-653. ISSN 0304-4130

Wehner, Joachim (2010) Institutional constraints on profligate politicians: the conditional effect of partisan fragmentation on budget deficits Comparative Political Studies, 43 (2). 208-229. ISSN 0010-4140

Wehner, Joachim (2010) Legislatures and the budget process: the myth of fiscal control Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230219724


Wehner, Joachim (2009) South Africa’s new parliamentary budget process: an initial assessment In: Verwey, Len and Lefko-Everett, Kate and Mohamed, Ahmed and Zamisa, Musa, (eds.) Parliament, the Budget and Poverty in South Africa: a Shift in Power. Idasa, Pretoria, South Africa, 26-41. ISBN 9781920118914


Wehner, Joachim and Kraan, Dirk-Jan and Richter, Kirsten (2008) Budgeting in Estonia OECD Journal on Budgeting, 8 (2). 87-126. ISSN 1608-7143

Wehner, Joachim and Emery, Richard and Bergvall, Daniel and Hawkesworth, Ian (2008) Budgeting in Greece OECD Journal on Budgeting, 8 (3). 70-119. ISSN 1608-7143

Wehner, Joachim (2008) Assessing the power of the purse: an index of legislative budget institutions In: Stapenhurst, Rick and Pelizzo, Riccardo and Olson, David M. and von Trapp, Lisa, (eds.) Legislative Oversight and Budgeting: a World Perspective. WBI development studies. The World Bank, Washington, USA, 79-97. ISBN 9780821376119


Wehner, Joachim (2007) Budget reform and legislative control in Sweden Journal of European Public Policy, 14 (2). 313-332. ISSN 1350-1763


Wehner, Joachim (2006) Legislative institutions and fiscal policy PSPE working papers, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Wehner, Joachim (2006) Assessing the power of the purse: an index of legislative budget institutions Political Studies, 54 (4). 767-785. ISSN 0032-3217


Kraan, Dirk-Jan and Wehner, Joachim (2005) Budgeting in Slovenia OECD Journal on Budgeting, 4 (4). 55-98. ISSN 1608-7143


Wehner, Joachim (2003) Principles and patterns of financial scrutiny: Public Accounts Committees in the Commonwealth Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 41 (3). 21-36. ISSN 1466-2043


Wehner, Joachim (2001) Reconciling accountability and fiscal prudence? A case study of the budgetary role and impact of the German parliament Journal of Legislative Studies, 7 (2). 57-78. ISSN 1357-2334


Wehner, Joachim (2000) Fiscal federalism in South Africa Publius: the Journal of Federalism, 30 (3). 47-72. ISSN 0048-5950

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