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May 30 :: Participatory Budgeting :: Daniel Schugurensky



Daniel Schugurensky
Arizona State University


Tuesday, May 30, 2017 :: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


It has been said that budgets are policies without rhetoric. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a creative process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, in which ordinary people directly decide -or help decide- how to allocate a portion of a public budget. It is estimated that over 3,000 cities around the world (from Porto Alegre to Mexico City, Boston, Lisbon, Paris and Seoul) have implemented participatory budgeting processes. While most PB processes take place at the municipal level, PB has also been used by counties, states, housing authorities, schools, universities, coalitions, nonprofit organizations and a variety of public agencies.

Among the impacts of participatory budgeting are a more equitable distribution of scarce resources, higher levels of accountability, transparency and citizen engagement, more creative and relevant solutions to local problems, growth and enhancement of community associations, community pride, institutional democratization, and improved collective capacity to deliberate and make decisions through democratic processes. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the principles of participatory democracy and to the practice of participatory budgeting in different organizations. We will also share lessons learned and will discuss challenges for successful implementation.


An interactive workshop with opportunities to ask questions and tailor information to your own organization.

About the instructor: 

Daniel Schugurensky is a Professor at Arizona State University, where he has a joint position in the School of Public Affairs and the School of Social Transformation. He is the founder and director of the Participatory Governance Initiative, and has published extensively on citizenship education, participatory democracy, and public engagement.

Learn more about Daniel from his webpage at ASU.


  • Regular rate: $140 plus HST.

  • Student rate: $50 plus HST.  Proof of student status required.


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Participants should have completed 4 of the 6 workshops offered within an academic year.


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