Category Archives: Participatory Budgeting

Red Pepper

Stephen Kingston has written an interesting and quite critical article in Red Pepper about the British experience of participatory budgeting:


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Lessons of Porto Alegre

Hilary Wainwright wote an article in The Guardian about Porto Alegre’s participatory budgeting system. Still a bit sketchy on the actual process – I’ll see what I can dig up.

Among the comments below the article is a link to another article about Porto Alegre in

Mark Waters from PB-UK has his reply published in the Guardian a couple of days later.

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Porto Alegre

The photo at the top of this blog is of Porto Alegre – one of the largest cities in Brazil, and the capital city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. As well as being one of the most important cultural, political and economic centers of Southern Brazil, Porto Alegre is the “poster child” of Participatory Budgeting; where ordinary residents decide how to allocate part of the local budget. This kind of new democracy is being tested in other parts of the world – including Britain.

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