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Palgrave Macmillan

Framing Citizen Participation

Participatory Budgeting in France, Germany and the United Kingdom

ISBN 9781137326652
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

From its origins in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the diffusion of participatory budgeting to other parts of the world has been met with varying degrees of success despite its label as a product of democratic innovation. Drawing on in-depth empirical and theoretical analysis, this book sheds light on the diffusion dynamics of participatory budgeting and the processes of its framing and adaptation in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. It explores the question of participatory budgeting's national characteristics and potential for realising a more democratic society. Thus, the volume engages in a theoretically innovative and empirically grounded overview and critical assessment of participatory budgeting initiatives in three European countries. The double focus on frames in the diffusion and implementation of single cases and the systematic evaluation of their results offers a deeper understanding of "success factors" and results of participatory budgeting and other institutional processes of citizen participation.

Anja Röcke is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. Her research deals with partipatory democracy and democratric innovations, more recently also sociology of education. She has studied different partipatory processes from Berlin citizern juries to participatory budgets in Europe and has widely published on thesen issues.

INTRODUCTION
PART I: ANALYTIC FRAMEWORK: FRAMES, DIFFUSION AND DEMOCRATIC INNOVATIONS
1. Frames and Diffusion
2. Citizen Partixcipation and Democratic Innovations
3. A Democratic Innovation: PB in Porto Alegre 
PART II: THE INVENTION OF NATIONAL MODELS? PB IN FRANCE, GERMANY AND THE UNITED KINGDOM
4. France: With PB Beyond "Proximity"? 
5. Germany: PB Between Consultation, Financial Squeeze and the "Citizens Town'
6. United Kingdom: PB as a Form of Community Empowerment?
PART III: FROM FRAMES TO DEMOCRATIC INNOVATIONS? THREE LOCAL CASE STUDIES OF PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING
7. Participatory Democracy in Schools? The Case of Poitou-Charentes, France
8. Participatory Budgeting as Citizens' Town? The Case of Berlin Lichtenberg, Germany
9. Salford, England (United Kingdom): Participatory Budgeting as a Form of Top-Down Community Empowerment
Conclusion

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