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The diffusion and adaptation of participatory budgeting

Boise State University

“The democratic roots of participatory budgeting allow for citizens empowerment and deliberation, while the focus on incremental policymaking helps governments to get things done.”
Start date
December 2016
End date
October 2017
Period: 11 months


Since it began in Brazil in 1990, participatory budgeting has spread across the world. There have been many design innovations, and a diverse range of institutions have supported the spread of the approach. But many current and potential adopters of participatory budgeting do not have an understanding of the range of existing institutional design innovations.


This research will focus on providing meaningful and useable information to subnational governments. It will build the knowledge base to permit practitioners and researchers to better understand why and how the rules of participatory budgeting have been adapted in Indonesia, the Philippines, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania. It will also describe the parameters of the impact of participatory budgeting on citizen empowerment, democratic governance and accountability. It will conclude with a workshop which will enable practitioners to learn from each other and from the findings of the research.


Dr Brian Wampler works in the School of Public Service at Boise State University, Idaho, USA. The school’s mission includes the promotion and facilitation of informed discourse and civic engagement across diverse social groups.


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