Participatory budgeting experiments in Russia: evidence from one municipality

Lead Author Evgenii , Aleksandrov
Institution Contact Business School, Nord University, Norway
Theme Theme 5: New Markets for the Arctic, including Trade, Tourism and Transportation
Session Name 5.3 Management of the High North: the role of context, strategies and plans
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text This explorative study seeks to contribute to a growing literature on the global travel of participatory budgeting (PB) on the example of one Russian municipality. The selected municipality is the pioneering city within the country to begin experimentation towards PB. The travel of PB idea is presented as a four-stage process, comprising the formation, design, implementation, as well as the achievement of results and further development. The empirical evidence is gathered through sixteen semi-structured interviews, document search, and observations. The paper fits in impeccably well with the prior research, showing a great deal of heterogeneity of PB experiences worldwide. Having emerged in the studied municipality in a rather normative manner from the research unit, PB attracted attention of decision-makers at the federal level, becoming a promising and legitimate practice that has been taken up by other municipalities across the country. Providing the paucity of rigorous research on PB in the Russian context, the paper brings its travel on the example of one pioneering municipality into the international arena for the purposes of cross-national comparisons and raises concerns about further development of PB in Russia.
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