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SHORTCUT 6 - December 2021

Participatory budgeting

Participation in financial decisions

Participatory budgeting has a long, worldwide tradition. Administrations and politicians regularly make financial decisions and decide on the budget for the coming years. Participatory budgeting involves the population in financial planning, and experts describe it as one of the most successful democratic innovations of recent decades–with many active participants worldwide. 

International experience shows: Citizens are ready and willing to deal with tough and sometimes complicated financial issues and to make valuable proposals. Commitment, comprehensibility and trust are the keys to successful participatory budgeting–at all levels of government. 

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Message to go:

The key elements of successful participatory budgeting are its binding character, clarity and trust – at all state levels.
SHORTCUT 6 - Participatory budgeting


Supported (in part) by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations. Supported (in part) by a grant from King Baudouin Foundation.