New York City has the largest council-sponsored Participatory Budgeting (PB) processes in North America. From its inception in Brazil, PB was a process that empowered the least-advantaged members of the community by providing a way to propose budget allocations through voting. This book reports on a multi-methodological study of New York City's participatory budgeting (PB) process from the perspective of a city resident over time. A participatory budgeting slogan purports that the initiative offers "real power" and "real money" to constituents at a local level. To critically examine such top-down assertions, and different than much that has been written about PB, this book researches and navigates its events the way a member of the community would see it. The study reveals a lack of transparency, manipulation by city agencies, the favorable treatment of insider proposed projects, and a failure to reveal the basis of project costs. It also finds that there is no singular participatory budgeting project in New York City. Instead, there are numerous participatory budget projects, as many as there are council members who engage in the practice. This book provides a ground-level view of these limitations and recommends substantial reform.
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New York City has the largest council-sponsored Participatory Budgeting (PB) processes in North America. This book reports on a multi-methodological study of New York City's participatory budgeting (PB) process from the perspective of a city resident over time.
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Chapter 1: Introduction: Real Money, Real Power?.- Chapter 2: Participatory Budgeting from the Past to the Present.- Chapter 3: The Challenges of Neighborhood Assemblies.- Chapter 4: The Challenges of Delegate Meetings.- Chapter 5: The Challenges of Project Expos and Pop-Up Voting.- Chapter 6: Conclusion: Doing Participatory Budgeting Right .
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ISBN
9783030592004
Publisert
2020
Utgiver
Vendor
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Vekt
306 gr
Høyde
210 mm
Bredde
148 mm
Aldersnivå
06, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
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Antall sider
112

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Daniel Williams has been with Baruch College since 1995 where he teaches budgeting, performance measurement, and ethics. Prior, he was the budget director for the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid). Williams has previous studies of New York City Participatory Budgeting with Thad Calabrese and Anubhav Gupta in Administration and Society and of a New York City discretionary spending with Yonghong Wu in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management.

Don Waisanen is a Professor in the Baruch College, CUNY Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication-including executive speech training, communication strategy, and seminars on leadership, storytelling, and conflict management. All his research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens' voices.