Review: the effects of participatory budgeting on municipal expenditures and infant mortality in Brazil

The city of San Francisco intends to be the first major US city to allow citizens to directly vote on portions of budget via the web (News: San Francisco To Test Online Participatory Budgeting) . Participatory budgeting, however, has long been rooted in Brazil. Dr. Sónia Gonçalves, from King’s College London, studied the effects of…

People Power: A Documentary Exploring Participatory Democracy Around the World

How can ordinary people hold elected government officials accountable? In the short documentary People Power, TV Education Asia Pacific approaches accountability through participatory democracy. The film examines cases around the world where citizen participation has led to increased accountability, enhanced citizen involvement, and an amplified public voice. The cases explored serve as prime examples of a participatory…