Municipal participatory budgeting designs in the V4 countries
|Year of publication
|Article in Periodical
|Magazine / Source
|NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy
|MU Faculty or unit
|Participatory budgeting; Visegrad Four countries
|Research on PB in CEE has been rather fragmented and has focused on the diffusion of PB, and sometimes on determinative factors inside the countries. Some comparative studies exist but address primarily initial steps of PB. This paper presents the outcomes of a research that focused on design of participatory budgeting in Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia). The main method is a secondary comparative analysis of existing literature and information on the subject. The findings are based on recently published country studies and other available information related to the national context in the countries. We use the country studies as input for a multi-case study analysis (Zongozzi and Wessels, 2016) to make comparisons and, if possible, generalize some of the findings, but also to point out specifics determined by the context in which PB is being implemented and practiced. As the subsidiary method we used expert evaluation. To obtain extra information we consulted experts in all selected countries during July and August 2022. Analysing PB processes in these countries showed similar features and that on the whole PB processes still belong to the group of ‘the Porto Alegre model adapted for Europe’ as concluded in the literature published almost a decade ago. But this is only valid at a more abstract level of PB designs. Looking at PB processes in practice, it is seen in the V4 region that the actual practices vary over municipalities, even within one and the same country.