Information about participatory budgeting
Participatory budgeting is a system that enables the citizens to influence in the way in which tax revenues will be used. Here you will find more information about participatory budgeting and learn how it is different from other ways of participating.
Characteristics of participatory budgeting
The characteristic features of participatory budgeting are the distribution of decision-making power to the citizens, the unpredictability of results and the flexibility of the system.
Means like feedback forms and public hearings are generally used to collect information from the citizens in order to support the decision-making. In participatory budgeting, the citizens’ opportunity to influence in the local decision-making is further improved. Regular people get to participate and decide how the local tax revenues are used.
The results of participatory budgeting are always somewhat unpredictable as it is impossible to predict the citizens’ ideas beforehand. Uncertainty about the allocation of the reserved funds continues throughout the participatory budgeting process: the implemented ideas will only be known after the voting has taken place.
The flexibility of the system is characteristic to participatory budgeting. Thousands of participatory budgeting projects have taken place all over the world and very few of them have been alike. The amounts of money of the participatory budgeting projects, the stages open for the citizens, the themes and the voting procedures significantly vary.
In other words, participatory budgeting is a versatile democratic tool constantly in change and without a single model of implementation. It offers an endless number of interesting topics of research for researchers, students and public administration employees. There are also many persons studying the participatory budgeting of the City of Tampere.