Louise O'Kane (Belfast) and Jez Hall (Manchester) give an insight into the history of Participatory Budgeting in Great Britain and the constant conflict between pb organizers and governments as well as bureaucratic structures.
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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 .
For new ideas on what participatory budgeting processes could look like, a glance at other countries may be helpful. A recently published video shows impressions of PB in the United States.
Summary of “Does Participatory Budgeting Alter Public Spending? Evidence from New York City” by Thad D. Calabrese (New York University), Daniel Williams (City University of New York), and Anubhav Gupta (National University of Singapore), Administration & Society.
"From my point of view there is no sense in setting up a group to organise PB unless they all have a firm belief in the process." Find out what else Alastair Kennedy, founder of the Money For Moray initiative in north-eastern Scotland, told us about the Participatory Budgeting project.