|Title:||A new tool for urban governance or just rhetoric? The case of participatory budgeting in Taipei City||Authors:||NAI-LING KUO
Chen, Ting Yu
|Keywords:||citizen participation;participatory budgeting;taipei city;taiwan;urban governance||Issue Date:||1-Jun-2020||Journal Volume:||55||Journal Issue:||2||Start page/Pages:||125-140||Source:||Australian Journal of Social Issues||Abstract:||
Increasing interest in participatory budgeting has been observed in local governments around the world. This paper stresses direct citizen participation in the budgeting process leads to good governance, deepens democracy and improves social justice, while also highlighting some challenges in its efficiency and effectiveness. Unlike participatory budgeting, the Sub-borough Chiefs Forum is a community-based representative democratic mechanism; it could be regarded as a form of participatory budgeting in a broad sense. If so, then did the Taipei programme simply duplicate the goals of the Forum or lead to a better governance by making up for the inadequacies of the Chiefs Forum? To find out whether the Taipei participatory budgeting programme made a difference, we carried out qualitative and quantitative comparisons of projects passed under the participatory budgeting process and at the Forum. We also interviewed several participatory budgeting participants and sub-borough chiefs. The findings suggested that participatory budgeting and the Forum generated different proposals and budget requests, and the Taipei programme supplemented the shortcomings of the Forum and therefore led to deeper civic engagement and better urban governance.
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