Mainstreaming participatory budgeting: What works in building foundations for a more participatory democracy?

Oliver Escobar, Beth Katz

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic innovation that has become central to advancing three policy agendas in Scotland: public service reform, community empowerment and social justice. The grassroots growth of PB within Scotland’s communities has been accelerated by increasing political, legislative, policy and capacity-building support since 2014. This has expanded PB processes from a handful in 2010 to more than 200 to date. The Community Choices programme has generated an investment of £6.5 million by the Scottish Government, and local authorities have also allocated an estimated £5 million to PB processes so far. These developments have built some foundations for the ‘mainstreaming’ of PB, which goes beyond the community grant-making model that has been predominant and opens up space for more complex models that also involve mainstream public budgets and service design.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherWhat Works Scotland
Commissioning bodyWhat Works Scotland
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • participatory budgeting
  • participatory democracy
  • Scotland
  • democratic innovation

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