Review of 1st Generation Participatory Budgeting in Scotland

Oliver Escobar, Chris Harkins, Katie Moore

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Participatory Budgeting (PB) has the potential to empower and energise communities and to transform and strengthen the relationship between citizens, civil society organisations and all levels of government and public service. Scotland has recently embarked on its own PB journey, and the profile and spread of PB has markedly accelerated over the past five years; from little more than a handful of known PB processes in 2010, to at least 58 processes having taken place by 20168. Alongside this grassroots growth of PB within Scotland’s communities, there has also been increasing political, legislative and policy support for PB.

This report presents a review of existing evidence about the PB processes that have taken place in Scotland up until June 2016. The review examines the growth and development of the 1st Generation of PB in Scotland in order to generate insight to support the strategic and operational leadership and delivery of future PB.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWhat Works Scotland
Commissioning bodyWhat Works Scotland
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2016


  • participatory budgeting
  • participatory democracy
  • citizen participation


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