Participatory Budgeting in Asia and Europe Key Challenges of Participation

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  • Copyright: 2013-03-25
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Citizens' participation, especially participatory budgeting, has spread in both Asia and Europe, and has been a symbol of democratic renewal. These transformations are already very visible in Europe, where more than 200 municipalities have adopted participatory budgeting. By contrast, in some Asian democracies, such as Japan or South Korea, it has considerably enlarged the agenda of citizen participation, integrating new forms such as taxpayers' budgets. In other countries, especially in China, participatory budgeting represents some adaptations of opening and transparency. With a global cast of authors, this study provides an overview of the impact of these devices, such as improving the modernisation of public administration or improving the contact between citizens and politicians, and documents the latest developments of citizen participation in both continents.

Author Biography

Rudolf Traub-Merz holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Tübingen, Germany where he specialized on the political economy of development in Africa. In 1986, he joined the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and subsequently, became country representative in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and the Philippines.  Yves Sintomer is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political Science at Paris 8 University, France. Since 2009, he has also been guest professor at Neuchâtel University, Switzerland.  Zhang Junhua is Professor in the Political Science department at the College of Public Administration at Zhejiang University, China. He served as the Director of the Asian Center for Development and Transformation in Berlin, Germany until 2006. 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Participatory Budgeting - A Global  View; Y.Sintomer, R.Traub-Merz & C.Herzberg
Participatory Budgeting in the City of Ichikawa (Japan); A.Matsubara
Participatory Budgeting in Dong-gu, Ulsan  - A Korean Case Study; A. Songmin
Participatory Budgeting in Indonesia  - The Tanah Datar Experience; S.Mastuti & M.Neunecker
Democratic Decentralization and Participatory Budgeting - The Kerala Experience (India); S.George & M.Neunecker
Participatory Budgeting in China: An Overview; B.He

Reflections on Participatory Budgeting in China - The case study of Minhang District; W.Liu
Assessing China's 'Sunshine Finance' Policy - offline and online: J.Zhang & L.Zhang
Assessing Transparency in Provincial Government Budgeting: H.Jiang
Problems of Participation in China Today: Urban Neighbourhood Communities; T.Heberer
Participation and Modernisation. Participatory Budgeting in Germany: The Example of Berlin-Lichtenberg; C.Herzberg
Participatory Budgeting in Great Britain: Between a Neoliberal Agenda and Community Empowerment; J.Hall & A.Röcke
Participatory Budgeting and Social Justice - Implications of Some Cases in Spain and Italy; G.Allegretti 
A Polish Case Study: Participatory Budgeting in the City of Plock; D.Dakowska
Participatory Budgeting and Mobilisation in Spain: Who Participates and How; E.Ganuza & F.Francés
Participatory Democracy or 'Proximity' Democracy? The 'High School

Participatory Budget' in Poitou-Charentes, France; Y.Sintomer, A.Röcke & J.Talpin

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