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Beginning as a series of focus groups to study rifts in communication between politicians, public and the media, according to Civic Journalism, the Front Porch Forum succeeded in bringing together several media outlets that had previously been competitors. In the end, these media outlets also brought politicians together with voters...
The Mayor's Youth Summit was a large deliberative event composed of Seattle-area youth held on April 8th, 2010, at the Seattle City Hall and sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office and Office of Education. It was the culminating event of the first phase of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's 2010 Youth...
New England or 'Open' Town Meetings are public forums that promote participation in local governance. Town meetings allow residents to voice their opinions on public issues and deliberate and vote on laws and budgets.
The UNOP was established because both the City of New Orleans and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) require the creation of a recovery plan following Hurricane Katrina and for all future natural disasters. The Plan included input from citizens, organized groups, and government officials on the post-disaster recovery program. The...
Problems and Purpose In respect to the question of why participatory innovations are gaining support and what stimulates their development, democratic innovations are usually seen as a response to the general dissatisfaction with representative democracies. Since their main target is to supplement democracy and improve its quality, both citizens and...
Nearly 20 years after the Salford City Council began devolving part of its budget to Community Committees, Participatory Budgeting was implemented to give more residents the ability to decide which projects to approve and fund. A total of three pilots were held in Claremont & Weaste and East Salford, two...
In Tower Hamlets, a Participatory Budgeting project known as “You Decide!” was carried out across the whole Borough. The Cabinet had allocated £2.38 million per year for a two year period, which led to a total of £5.06 million. The implementation budget was £100,000 over the same period.
Proyecto de presupuesto participativo en la ciudad de Rosario, en Santa Fe, Argentina, elaborado a partir del 2002.
The Poitou-Charentes Region is located in the West of France and is one of the most rural regions in France. In 2005, the executive of the Region Poitou-Charentes implemented the first regional level participatory budget in Europe. Over 50,000 residents - 30,000 of whom were students - participated between 2005 and 2009.
A randomized field experiment to study the difference in decision-making and legitimacy between town meetings and plebiscitary (direct voting) methods. The experimenter - Benjamin Olken - examined this question in the context of decisions about infrastructure investments in Indonesian villages.
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