Event Title

Is Participatory Democracy Possible? A Study of Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre, Chicago, and New York

Presenter Information

Arielle Swernoff, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A155

Start Date

4-25-2014 2:45 PM

End Date

4-25-2014 3:45 PM

Abtract

Is an inclusive, empowered participatory democracy possible? For this talk, I developed an ideal-type model of participatory democracy, and then used it to test participatory budgeting projects in Porto Alegre, Chicago, and New York. My model examines whether these experiments in democracy are inclusive and empowering. If so, how can they be expanded? If not, can their shortcomings be overcome? I expect to find that while these participatory budgeting projects have significant failings, they provide hopeful insights into our own ability for empowered self-governance.

Notes

Session II, Panel 7 - Careful What You Wish For: Cautionary Case Studies in (Radical) Democracy
Moderator: Chris Howell, Professor of Politics

Major

Politics

Advisor(s)

Michael Parkin, Politics

Project Mentor(s)

Chris Howell, Politics

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Is Participatory Democracy Possible? A Study of Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre, Chicago, and New York

Science Center, A155

Is an inclusive, empowered participatory democracy possible? For this talk, I developed an ideal-type model of participatory democracy, and then used it to test participatory budgeting projects in Porto Alegre, Chicago, and New York. My model examines whether these experiments in democracy are inclusive and empowering. If so, how can they be expanded? If not, can their shortcomings be overcome? I expect to find that while these participatory budgeting projects have significant failings, they provide hopeful insights into our own ability for empowered self-governance.