The Transformative Potential of Participatory Budgeting: Creating an Ideal Democracy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Transformative Potential of Participatory Budgeting

Creating an Ideal Democracy, 1st Edition

By George Robert Bateman Jr


160 pages

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Hardback: 9780367334031
pub: 2019-12-20
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In this book, George Robert Bateman, Jr. presents a philosophical examination of the potential benefits of participatory budgeting (PB), with recommendations of how they might be realized.

The work of social philosophers like Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey, Robert Putnam are studied to better understand the potential benefits and their effect on individuals and communities. Using social provisioning and John Fagg Foster’s theories of instrumental value and institutional adjustment, Bateman Jr demonstrates how participatory budgeting in New York City (PBNYC) can realize its full potential and transform individual participants into their better selves and also transform their communities. This transformation can occur when participants are able to make decisions about things that matter in their lives. As more of us become empowered and actively engaged in deliberations concerning local economic/political issues the more we will experience public happiness, greater understanding of others, greater development of our morality, and an increased sense of belonging.

The Transformative Potential of Participatory Budgeting will be of great interest to scholars in the fields of normative political theory, political philosophy, local politics, heterodox economics, institutional economics, political sociology, urban sociology, and community sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Theoretical Framework

3. How Can the Hypothesis be Tested?

4. Public Happiness

5. Understanding of Others

6. Individual and Community Morality

7. A Sense of Belonging

8. Conclusion

About the Author

George Robert Bateman, Jr. earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) in 2018 through an interdisciplinary program with economics as his primary discipline and political science as his co-discipline.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Public Administration and Public Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Local