In Participatory Budgeting we Trust? Fairness, tactics and (in)accessibility in participatory governance

Wilkinson, Catherine, Briggs, Jo, Salt, Karen, Vines, John and Flynn, Emma (2019) In Participatory Budgeting we Trust? Fairness, tactics and (in)accessibility in participatory governance. Local Government Studies. ISSN 0300-3930 (In Press)

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Participatory budgeting (PB) is a significant innovation in democracy and local development. PB provides the opportunity for citizens to engage in processes of deliberation and decision making upon the allocation of public funds. As new critical discourse emerges surrounding this model of local government spending, a significant area warranting investigation concerns how trust, and indeed mistrust, factor into PB. Through an analysis of interviews with residents and Council staff engaged in PB processes in a county in the north of England, we highlight the ways in which issues of trust can impact on participation in these initiatives, and also strengthen relationships between voting delegates, project teams and local government. This paper argues that increasing the perceived accessibility, and reconsidering the inclusion of mass membership groups in PB, might help to create progressive, effective and trustful participation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Participatory budgeting, Participation, Trust, Voting, Local government
Subjects: L200 Politics
N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2019 17:30
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 19:33

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