Participatory Budgeting in Andradina, Brazil
- General Issues
- Specific Topics
- Budget - Local
- Start Date
- End Date
- Total Number of Participants
- Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
- Decision Methods
- If Voting
- Preferential Voting
From 2009 to its abandonment sometime around 2012, Andradina, Sao Paulo used a form of participatory budgeting that involved both online deliberation and face-to-face voting.
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Problems and Purpose
The participatory budgeting process in Andradina was initiated in 2009 and it appears to be inactive as of 2015; thus, it is safe to assume that it was abandoned in 2012 after the elections. The Census identified that Andradina implemented a hybrid PB that combined a face-to-face and an electronic venue of participation. Participants could propose projects online, but then they had to vote in face to face meetings.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
This initiative is an example of 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.  The initiative incorporated an element of online deliberation, directed toward discussing projects and proposals in an open way online.
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
http://www.spadap.com/data-collection-projects/the-brazilian-participato... [Participatory Budgeting Census 2012]
http://www.andradina.sp.gov.br/ [city website provides contact information]
http://www.andradina.sp.gov.br/portal/noticias/0/3/1298 [some description of the process occurring in 2011]
http://andravirtual.com.br/mostra.asp?noticias=8150#.VYjvqBZbDkc [some description of the digital process]
Preparing a write-up of this case will require knowledge of Portuguese & significant primary research. Although there are no existing case studies in English on Andradina, the city was surveyed in the Participatory Budgeting Census 2012 (Spada et al. 2012). The included city website provides a telephone number to contact, but given that the process is not ongoing, the former organizers might not work for the city anymore. Three other types of cases have been conducted using the information contained in the Participatory Budgeting Census 2012 that are tagged for easier retrieval in the following way:
- PBcensus 1 - complete raw data
- PBcensus 2 - requires phone call
- PBcensus 3 - requires significant research
Lead Image: Participatory Budgeting Brazil https://goo.gl/2X425g