Participatory Budgeting workshop held at Brunel University London in EU project
The Business School at Brunel University London successfully hosted a workshop entitled “Participatory Budgeting, Democratization and Open Government: State of the Art in Europe and the UK on the 2nd June, as part of a European network.
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is one of the most successful democratic innovations of the last quarter-century, involving citizens in decision-making on public expenditure, especially at the local level. It’s a process that has spread to more than 3000 municipalities around the globe on all five continents.
Engaging more than 50 participants it led to lively debates between researchers, academics and practitioners, including representatives of many diverse UK academic institutions, including the Universities of Oxford, Westminster, Leeds, Glasgow Caledonian and East London as well as Brunel. It included members of NGO’s and think tanks such as the Democratic Society, as well as staff from Local Authorities spread across the country.
Professor of Digital Governance at Brunel, Vishanth Weerakkody, said: “With hot debates ongoing in the media and elsewhere on topics such as ‘Brexit’, migration and offshore banking, the need to bring together diverse voices looking for new ways to ensure democratic accountability and trust in public institutions is much needed.”
The workshop was co-organised by the EMPATIA project, funded by the European Union, in collaboration with the UK Participatory Budgeting Network.