From 2009 to 2011, the county of Fife in Scotland piloted participatory budgeting, in order to engage community members in democratic decision-making and allow them a say in how local funds are managed.
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Problems and Purpose
Community Budgeting is part of a wider set of Scottish Executive initiatives designed to engage local communities directly in decision making processes relating to public funds.
The Fife Partnership was granted £424,000 over two years to pilot Community Budgeting within Fife. One strand of this initiative involved undertaking three pilot projects in the West Fife villages, in the East Neuk and in Tanshall. A total of £105,000 was allocated to the three pilot projects (Tanshall £30,000; East Neuk £25,000; West Fife £50,000).
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
This initiative uses participatory budgeting, an increasingly common method of democratic innovation broadly described as "a decision-making process through which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources." There are many benefits associated with participatory budgeting including increased civic and democratic education; increased government transparency; and an increased opportunity for participation by historically marginalized populations .
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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