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Whose Budget? Our Budget? Broadening Political Stakeholdership via Participatory Budgeting

This article by Celina Su of City University of New York was published in the December 2012 issue of the online Journal of Public Deliberation, which focuses on participatory budgeting and its spread across the globe. Guest editors of the issue are long-time NCDD supporting member Janette Hartz-Karp from Curtin University, Australia, and Brian Wampler from Boise State University.

In this thought piece, I attempt to contextualize New York City’s inaugural participatory budgeting (PB) process in the larger landscape of American political participation. I discuss how the bottom-up way in which stakeholders wrote the process’s rules in the first place, alongside the core role played by the two lead organizations, helped to broaden notions of stakeholdership among constituents. Ultimately, the first year’s primary achievement regarding political participation was not a specific set of outcomes, but a debut as an unfinished form of governance—one that began to engage traditionally marginalized constituents, to trigger their political imagination, and to prompt them to demand more.

Resource Link: http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol8/iss2/art1

Recommended Citation:
Su, Celina (2012) “Whose Budget? Our Budget? Broadening Political Stakeholdership via Participatory Budgeting,” Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 8: Iss. 2, Article 1.

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