Links and Resources

Participatory Budgeting has captured the imagination of policy makers, political activists and academics. The list of organizations, resource sites, and advocates of participatory budgeting is extremely varied, and runs all the way from “socialists for participatory budgeting” in Buenos Aires to the Bertelsmann foundation, in Germany, which advocates transparency and free markets. The academic literature is also extremely varied. Below is an abridged list of resources. For additional information on each area click the "more resources" link below it.

English: General InfoPorto AlegreCase StudiesEvaluationsAnalysis
Portuguese
Spanish
German
Resource Websites
PB Campaigns and Organizations

 


English


General Information on PB

“Participatory Budgeting,” The World Bank Guide to Participatory Budgeting, including definitions, How-To’s, and descriptions of Bank-funded projects
http://lnweb18.worldbank.org/ESSD/sdvext.nsf/68ByDocName/
EmpowermentResourcesToolsandPracticesParticipatoryBudgeting

“Participatory Budgeting” presentation at the World Bank by Zander Navarro (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre) (Power Point)
http://www.worldbank.org/participation/navarroppt_files/frame.htm

“72 Frequently Asked Questions about Participatory budgeting.” Urban governance toolkit series. July 2004 UN –Habitat: GLOBAL CAMPAIGN ON URBAN GOVERNANCE.
http://www.unhabitat.org/campaigns/governance/

Bringing budgets alive: participatory budgeting in practice. Community Pride Initiative/Oxfam UK
http://www.participatorybudgeting.org.uk/Downloads/
Bringing%20budgets%20alive.pdf

A Guide to Participatory Budgeting. Brian Wampler’s Guide at IBP
http://www.internationalbudget.org/resources/library/GPB.pdf

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PB in Porto Alegre

Website of the city of Porto Alegre.
http://www.portoalegre.rs.gov.br/

Orçamento Participativo: The remarkable experience of direct democracy in a Brazilian town.
http://www.chs.ubc.ca/participatory/docs/op.pdf

UN Habitat II, Best Practices Database. Description of PB in Porto Alegre, by United Nations in several languages. 2002.

Participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre: Toward a redistributive democracy Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Politics & Society; Stoneham; Dec 1998.
http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~wright/santosweb.html

Slicing Up the Pie: Community involvement in PB in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Bridget O’Rourke, Community Pride Initiative.
http://www.participatorybudgeting.org.uk/Downloads/
Slicing%20up%20the%20Pie.pdf

Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil. By William Goldsmith. Planners Network Online, no. 140. Available online:
http://www.plannersnetwork.org/140/goldsmith.htm
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Interviews about PB with 3 PT mayors in Porto Alegre, from 1989 to 2002 (Olívio Dutra, Tarso Genro, Raul Pont). Abers, Rebbeca. 2001.
http://www.budget-participatif.org/extranet/php3/affiche.php3?id=147

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Case Studies

Avritzer, Leonardo. Civil Society, Public Space and Local Power: a study of the Participatory Budget in Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre. 2000.
http://www.chs.ubc.ca/participatory/docs/avritzer.pdf

Recife, Brazil: Gender and the Participatory Budget. Win News 29-3. Summer 2003.
http://www.chs.ubc.ca/participatory/docs/Gender_PB.pdf

Lerner, Josh and Estair Van Wagner. Participatory Budgeting in Canada: Democratic Innovations in Strategic Spaces. The Transnational Institute, 2006.
http://www.tni.org/newpol-docs/pbcanada.htm

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Evaluations of PB

Budgets As If People Mattered: Democratising Macroeconomic Policies UNDP/SEPED
http://www.undp.org/seped/publications/conf_pub

Participation, Citizenship and Local Governance John Gaventa and Camilo Valderrama Institute of Development Studies, June 21-24, 1999 Background note prepared for workshop on ‘Strengthening participation in local governance’
http://www.edemocracy.gov.uk/knowledgepool/

Assessment of Participatory Budgeting in Brazil. Center for Urban Development Studies Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
http://www.iadb.org/sds/doc/ParticipatoryBudget.pdf

Participatory Budgets – A Tool for Participatory Democracy. Francoise Lieberherr, February 2003, Urban News No 7.
http://www.caledonia.org.uk/budgets.htm#Democratic,
%20re-distributive%20and%20technical%20lines

What If Citizens Got To Decide the City Budget? Brazil’s Workers Party Tries "Participatory Budgeting" by Micah Maidenberg, Labor Notes, October 2002
http://www.labornotes.org/archives/2002/10/d.html

Practicing Radical Democracy: Lessons from Brazil. Rebecca Abers, Paper presented at the Workshop: Insurgent Planning Practices – Perugia, Italy, June 21-27, 1998
http://www.budget-participatif.org/extranet/php3/affiche.php3?id=145

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Analysis

Fung, Archon and Erik Olin Wright (1998). Experiments in Deliberative Democracy: Introduction. Available online:
http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~wright/deliberative.html
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Avritzer, Leonardo. Modes of Democratic Deliberation: theoretical remarks on participatory budgeting in Brazil.

Schugurensky, Daniel. Participatory Budget: A tool for democratizing democracy.Toronto Metro Hall, April 29, 2004.

 


Portuguese


Abers, Rebecca (1998). Inventando a democracia: Distribuição de recursos públicos através da participação popular em Porto Alegre, RGS.
http://www.portoweb.com.br/ong/cidade/texto2.htm

Baierle, Sergio (1998). Experiência do Orçamento Participativo: Um oásis no deserto neoliberal?
http://www.portoweb.com.br/ong/cidade/texto3.htm

Baierle, Sergio (1999). Democracia radical e cidadania: A economia moral dos sujeitos.
http://www.portoweb.com.br/ong/cidade/texto9.htm

Cassen, Bernard (1998). Democracia participativa em Porto Alegre: Uma experiência exemplar no Brasil.
http://www.portoweb.com.br/ong/cidade/texto6.htm

CIDADE (1998). Os personagens principais do Orçamento Participativo: O que éser delegado e conselheiro do Orçamento Participativo.
http://www.portoweb.com.br/ong/cidade/texto4.htm

Motta, João & Betânia Alfonsin (2001). Gestão Democrática em Porto Alegre:dificuldades e oportunidades para vançar uma experiência exitosa.
http://www.urbared.ungs.edu.ar/experiencias%20_presentacion.php?explD=2

Pires Rocha Roberto, 2002. O Orçamento Participativo em Belo Horizonte e seus efeitos distributivos sobre a exclusão territorial, disponibile sul sito
www.democraciaparticipativa.org

Pozzobon, Regina Maria (2000). Uma experiência de gestão pública: Orçamento Participativo de Porto Alegre.
http://www.portoweb.com.br/ong/cidade/texto8.htm

Souza, Marcelo Lopes de (2000). Os orçamentos participativos e suaespacialidade. Uma agenda de pesquisa.
http://www.cibergeo.org/agbnacional/terra_livre/Souza.html

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Spanish


Baratta, Tereza. Relatório del Encuentro de Trabajo Presupuesto Participativo en la Gestión Municipal. IBAM. Pobreza urbana y desarrollo, año 8, n.17, abril 1998, p. 99-101

Genro, Tarso. El mundo globalizado y el Estado necessario. Pobreza urbana y desarrollo. Año 8, n.17, abril 1998, p. 11-16

Godoy, Lilia. El presupuesto participativo como una herramienta fundamental de participación ciudadana. Responsabilidad, Buenos Ayres, n.23, p.5-6, otob./1999

Pires, Valdemir. Limites y potencialidades del presupuesto participativo. Revista International del Presupuesto Público, año XXVII, n.42, marzo-abril 2000, p. 81-122.

 


German


Bangel, Jutta (2001). Interview von Jutta Bangel mit Luciano Brunet, Mitglied des Ausschusses des Orçamento Participativo.
http://www.dedbrasil.org.br/bde27.htm

Becker, Joachim (2001). Der progressive erweiterte Staat: Zivilgesellschaft, Lokalstaat und partizipatives Budget in Porto Alegre.
http://www.memo.uni-bremen.de/docs/m1101.pdf

Cassen, Bernhard (1998). Le monde diplomatique: Einmischung erwünscht in Porto Alegre, als Beilage der TAZ vom 06.08.1998.

Kaufmann, Bruno (1999). Die ZEIT: Die Welt der direkten Demokratie- Ein überblick. 51/99.
http://www.zeit.de/1999/51/199951_t_demokratie.html

Kesselring, Thomas (2001). Porto Alegre – «Davos» in Brasilien – Die sozialen Rezeptedes Bürgermeisters Tarso Genro.
http://www.materialien.org/worldwide/brasil/portoallegre2.html

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation for the Democratization of Budget Policies: Interviews about PB in Porto Alegre/Brasil.
http://brangsch.de/partizipation/haushalt.htm

Schachtner, Christina im Gespräch mit Prof. Dr. Danilo Streck. Der Staatshaushalt alsGegenstand von Bürgerbeteiligung.
http://online-media.uni-marburg.de/paedagogik/netzgesellschaft/
Protokolle/InterviewStreck.doc

Zimmermann, Clóvis R. (2001). Innovation in der brasilianischen Verwaltung – Das Modell der Stadt Porto Alegre.
http://www.topicos.de/pdfs/2001/2/Verwaltung.pdf

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Resource Websites


Projeto Democracia Participativa (Portuguese)
http://www.democraciaparticipativa.org/

The International Budget Project (IBP) (International organization focusing on public budgeting issues)
http://www.internationalbudget.org/

Participatory Budgeting Project Site at University of British Columbia
http://www.chs.ubc.ca/participatory/index.htm

Bertelsmann Foundation, Germany (Information about several projects)
http://www.cities-of-tomorrow.net/

UNESCO Program Community Participation and Governance
http://www.unesco.org/most/bpcomm.htm

UN-Habitat (The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the United Nations agency for human settlements)
http://www.unhabitat.org/campaigns/governance
 

URBAL (European Union project linking European partners with Latin America on issues of local governance)
http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/projects/urbal/index_en.htm

Bibliography on PB Università degli Studi di Siena
http://www.econ-pol.unisi.it/econdem/bibliographies.htm#Participated_Budget

Bibliography on PB from Praxis Philosiphie
http://www.praxisphilosophie.de/alegre.htm

Daniel Shugurensky’s Virtual Library on PB
http://fcis.oise.utoronto.ca/~daniel_schugurensky/lclp/poa_vl.html

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Participation Group
http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids/particip

Logolink (Participation and Local Governance)
http://www.ids.ac.uk/logolink

Buergerhaushalt (info on PB in German)
http://www.buergerhaushalt.nrw.de/
 

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PB Campaigns and Organizations


PSOE, Getafe (Socialist Party site in Spain)
http://www.psoe.es/ambito/getafe/docs/index.do?action=List&apt=17200

CIDADE (NGO in Porto Alegre)
http://www.ongcidade.org/site/capa/capa.php

Budget Participatif (French network promoting budget participation)
http://www.budget-participatif.org/ 

ParticipatoryBudgeting.uk (promoting PB in the UK)
http://www.participatorybudgeting.org.uk/

Socialists for PB in Buenos Aires (Spanish)
http://www.presupuestoparticipativo.com/

Lawrence Community Works (Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA)
http://www.lawrencecommunityworks.org

Neighborhood Capital Budget Group (Chicago, USA)
http://www.ncbg.org/

Urban Ecology Center (Montreal, Canada)
http://www.urbanecology.net

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