Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a participatory process in which the expertise of citizens is incorporated into the distribution of public funds.
Michael Menser talks about the political impact of participatory budgeting projetcs in the US and how important the adaption of social and economic justice in a PB-process is.
Does participatory budgeting effect public spending? Does pb empower citizens and lead to more democracy or is it simply a "symbolic policy device"? The following debate, lead by two top pb-experts, Carolin Hagelskamp and Thad Calabrese, focuses on these issues .