Skip to Content

Participatory Budgeting

Thursday, April 14, 2011

First developed in Brazil, Participatory Budgeting (PB) has spread throughout Latin America and has been implemented in over 1,000 municipalities worldwide. But it has only recently arrived in the US—in Chicago’s 49th Ward. Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, named the “Most Valuable Local Official” in the country by The Nation, shared his experience implementing PB in his ward. (Over 1,600 residents came together to directly decide how to allocate a $1.3 million discretionary budget.) Brazillian PB expert from Brown University, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, briefly provided some international context. Then, a dynamic group of officials and community leaders considered the value of such a model for their own constituents, and audience interaction followed.

The Roosevelt Institute at Amherst College, with the support of a Roosevelt mini-grant, proudly co-sponsored the event.

For background information please refer to an article authored by Daniel Altschuler, Amherst College Copeland Fellow and the event's organizer.