Democracy, governmentality and transparency: Participatory budgeting in action

Maria Isabel Brun-Martos, Irvine Maclaren Lapsley

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper examines initiatives in participatory budgeting (PB) in a city in the UK, a country which is a slow adopter of PB. While there are UK initiatives on PB, these are developmental. Nevertheless, this study underline s the potential of participatory budgeting in an Anglo Saxon context . The finance of local government and cities is notoriously opaque. PB has the potential to enhance both democratic accountability and effective city management through transparency. This study reveals a city which is profitably engaged with democratising its budgetary activities and seeking to achieve greater transparency for its citizens and managers through the modernisation of established practice
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Management Review
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • participatory budgeting
  • democratic accountability
  • governmentality
  • transparency
  • modernisation


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