Since 2009, the city of Bauru in Brazil has been one of many cities to follow Porto Alegre in implementing a participatory budgeting initiative to improve democratic participation in the country.
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Problems and Purpose
The participatory budgeting process in Bauru, Brazil was initiated in 2009 and is ongoing.
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. 
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
Participatory Budgeting: Porto Alegre 2005-2007
Participatory Budgeting in Araras, São Paulo, Brazil
http://www.spadap.com/data-collection-projects/the-brazilian-participato... [Participatory Budgeting Census 2012]
http://www.bauru.sp.gov.br/secretarias/sec_financas/orcamento_participat... [city website describing PB 2015]
Preparing a write-up of this case will require knowledge of Portuguese. Although there are no existing case studies in English on Bauru, the city was surveyed in the Participatory Budgeting Census 2012 (Spada et al.). The link above to an article in Portuguese has enough description to generate a full case for the period. Primary research is needed to cover the other years. 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: Brazil's Participatory Budgeting/flickr https://goo.gl/4cH2Pd