By Dominic Rose
Dominic attended the 2016 World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. He is studying the Masters of Public Policy and Management at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs.
Increasing citizen engagement in policy making and implementation is an effective way to increase policy legitimacy, rebuild citizen trust in institutions and better align policy decisions with community expectations and needs. Despite these benefits, economic decision-making remains largely the domain of experts and citizens have little to no opportunity to engage in this decision making.
This paper will present the case to address this democratic deficit within economic decision-making through the implementation of a participatory budget regime. Participatory budgeting has been used around the world to engage and empower citizens to have a direct say in the economic agenda-setting of their communities.
The case study of Porto Alegre will demonstrate how Western Australia could implement participatory budgeting. This case study will also note challenges for implementation and foreshadow how adequate planning and the use of technology could be used to solve these issues.Read More