Volume 8, Issue 2 (2012)

The Spread of Participatory Budgeting Across the Globe: Adoption, Adaptation, and Impacts

Guest Editors: Brian Wampler, Boise State University & Janette Hartz-Karp, Curtin University

Since its humble beginnings in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre in the early 1990s, Participatory Budgeting (PB) programs are now being adopted by governments across the globe. This special issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation brings together leading scholars and practitioners of PB in order to expand our understanding about why PB programs are being adopted, how governments are adapting the rules and principles to meet different policy and political goals, and the impact of PB on civil society, state reform, and social well-being. We hope that this special issues helps to bridge an unnecessary divide that seems to separate "participationistas" and "deliberative democrats."


Theoretical Approaches and Founding Principles

Global Diffusion


Transnational Models of Citizen Participation: The Case of Participatory Budgeting
Yves Sintomer, Carsten Herzberg, Anja Röcke, and Giovanni Allegretti

Adoption and Adaptation at the Local Level