Crisis in the home of Participatory Budgeting

Aaron Schneider: [excerpt]

The new idea of participatory budgeting, technical accuracy, appears to limit the independence and innovation of civil society. Further, the new practice of participatory budgeting, hierarchical decision-making, seems likely to demobilize the poor, removing their political agency and transforming them from citizens into supplicants. They are no longer mobilized as a support- base for progressive taxation and redistributive spending; they now appear merely convincing the wealthy to be more charitable.

In fact, the Solidary Local Governance appears to free the municipality from the burden of responding to an active and mobilized poor population, and leaves it free to pursue priorities entirely alien to participatory budgeting.

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