Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit that empowers citizens in the US and Canada to have a voice in deciding how to spend their public money. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a relatively new concept; however, it is spreading fast. The first PB evolved in Brazil in 1989, and now there are over 1,500…

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. NED fosters the growth of a wide…

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The Center for  International Private Enterprise (CIPE)  was founded on the idea that economic freedom and political freedom are intertwined so that progress and development comes through a combination of political and economic liberalization. CIPE holds that democratic consolidation is not achieved through simply holding elections, establishing a free press, and recognizing human rights (although…

Community Bill of Rights in American Municipalities

Late last year, several Ohio communities adopted local legislation banning a controversial drilling practice in their communities, adding to an already heated debate over the role of local governments in environmental protection. Ohio’s Broadview Heights and Mansfield joined a handful of other American municipalities in Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania and other states that have recently adopted their own “Community…

USIP – The U.S. Surge and Afghan Local Governance

The U.S. Surge and Afghan Local Governance, a special report recently issued by The United States Institute of Peace, examines the U.S. military and civilian surge into Afghanistan beginning in late 2009. Despite policymakers’ claims that the mission’s goals  – to stabilize Afghanistan through interconnected security, governance, and development initiatives –  were “modest,” the surge’s stated objectives amounted to…

Urban institute Center on international development and governance : nonpartisan economic and social policy research

Abstract: The Urban Institute Center on International Development and Governance (IDG) improves opportunities for citizens in developing countries by providing research and aid focused on local government, delivery and financing of public services, and the interactions with firms and citizens. Author(s): Source(s): , Published: 2013 Urban institute, Washington, DC (English ISBN/ISSN: / Link: http://www.urban.org/center/idg/about/

The relationship between transparent and participative government : a study of local governments in the United States

Abstract: The article provides public administrators with greater insight into causes of and relationships between transparency and participation. Author(s): Welch, Eric W. Source(s): , International review of administrative sciences; vol. 78, no. 1 p. 93-115, ill., tabs International review of administrative sciences vol. 78, no. 1 Published: 2012 Sage, [S.l.] (English ISBN/ISSN: /1461-7226 Link: http://ras.sagepub.com/content/78/1/93.full