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In participatory budgeting we trust? Fairness, tactics and (in)accessibility in participatory governance

Wilkinson, C, Briggs, J, Salt, K, Vines, J and Flynn, E (2019) In participatory budgeting we trust? Fairness, tactics and (in)accessibility in participatory governance. Local Government Studies. ISSN 0300-3930

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Participatory budgeting (PB) is a significant innovation in democracy and local development. PB provides the opportunity for citizens to engage in processes of deliberation and decision-making upon the allocation of public funds. As new critical discourse emerges surrounding this model of local government spending, a significant area warranting investigation concerns how trust, and indeed mistrust, factor into PB. Through an analysis of interviews with residents and Council staff engaged in PB processes in a county in the north of England, we highlight the ways in which issues of trust can impact on participation in these initiatives, and also strengthen relationships between voting delegates, project teams and local government. This paper argues that increasing the perceived accessibility, and reconsidering the inclusion of mass membership groups in PB, might help to create progressive, effective and trustful participation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Local Government Studies on 21/04/19, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03003930.2019.1606798.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1205 Urban and Regional Planning, 1606 Political Science, 1402 Applied Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2019 13:04
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:32
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/03003930.2019.1606798
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11691
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