In this remarkable book Nelson Dias gathered strong and powerful articles from 32 Participatory Budgeting experts around the world, in connection with the 25th anniversary of this trend that is leading to more democracy and improved governance at the local level.
By reading about all this experiences, learning about their dilemmas, challenges and limits, everyone can get inspiration and truly help build a global network based on mutual exchange and joint learning.
It’s a book worth reading, and rereading, as it spreads very positive energy.
I strongly advise this book if you are implementing your own participatory budgeting processes, if you are planning to, or simply if you are a believer of strong democracy.
Still not convinced and want more insights?
Nelson Dias himself, Yves Sintomer, Carsten Herzberg, Anja Röcke, Giovanni Allegretti, Ernesto Ganuza, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, César Muñoz, Rafael Cardoso Sampaio, Tiago Peixoto, Pedro Pontual, Cristina Sánchez Miret, Joan Bou I Geli, and Patrícia García-Leiva tell us about the PB global dynamics, giving a social, political, geographical, tech, and psychological analyzes of the process.
Mamadou Bachir Kanoute, from Senegal, an experienced consultant on PB in francophone countries in Africa, explains through 5 different cases and shows his conclusions on how PB has contributed to the improvement of wealth distribution at local level, as well as better allocation of budgetary resources. The more disadvantaged and peripheral neighbourhoods have been the major beneficiaries of PB.
Osmany Oliveira demonstrates the role of international cooperation institutions in the spread of PB throughout Sub-Saharan states.
Eduardo Nguenha, goes through the PB implementation in Mozambique and its legal framework.
Jules Nguebou and Achille Noupeou talk about how PB helped strengthen the role of municipalities in the communities of Cameroon, as well as their ability to collect tax revenues. After all PB can also be about income and not only investment!
Emmy Mbera and Giovanni Allegretti address participatory dynamics in Congo, which went beyond merely promoting democratic deliberation and budget transparency.
Cristina Bloj explains us the evolution in Argentina, and systemizes the successes and difficulties of over 50 processes currently in place.
Luciano Fedozzi, Kátia Lima, Leonardo Avritzer and Alexander Vaz walk us through the Brazilian PB experiences and history, both from a sociological and an operational point of view.
Pablo Paño Yáñez tours us across 12 years of experience in Chile.
Carolina Lara, from Colombia, overlooks 50 PB initiatives since 1991 taking into account the political context.
Stephanie McNulty shows us the Peru experience, the first country to pass a law requiring sub-national PB, back in 2003.
Francis George talks about 179 PB experiences in Dominican Republic.
Alicia Veneziano and Ivan Sánchez highlight the case studies of Montevideo and Paysandú, in Uruguay.
The North American perspective if given by Donata Secondo and Pamela Jennings.
China answered the call by Baogang He, Yves Cabannes and Ming Zhuang, who tell us about massive scale experiments and different work logics.
Michelle Anna Ruesch and Mandy Wagner talk about Germany implementation.
Ernesto Ganuza and Francisco Francés give us the overview of Spanish experiments.
From Italy we hear from Giovanni Allegretti and Stefano Stortone about how PB is being used.
Portugal’s 10 years PB history is detailed by Nelson Dias.
Lena Langlet and Giovanni Allegretti turn the speed down to talk about Sweden.
Polish style PB is detailed by Wojciech Kębłowski and Mathieu Van Criekingen.
Janette Hartz-Karp and Iain Walker from Australia present solutions for diverse problems and opportunities.
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