Transforming Lives, Communities and Systems? Co-production Through Participatory Budgeting

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Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic innovation where citizens participate directly in making collective decisions about how to spend public money. In the last 30 years, the process has been adopted in thousands of localities around the world, gaining steady support from governments, institutions and civil society. PB exemplifies how co-production can generate public value by enabling collaboration between professionals and citizens across communities of place, practice, identity and interest. PB processes are very diverse in scope, scale, ambition and impact, and while they embody various forms of co-production, this chapter focusses on co-commissioning because of its transformative potential to address health, social, economic and political inequalities. The chapter explores PB as co-production at the interface of public service reform, democratic innovation and social justice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Co-Production of Public Services and Outcomes
EditorsElke Loeffler, Tony Bovaird
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030537050
ISBN (Print)9783030537043
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • participatory budgeting
  • co-production
  • democratic innovation
  • social justice
  • participation
  • deliberation


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