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Hope for Democracy

Five years after the first edition, "Hope for Democracy" returns with new and updated perspectives of participatory budgeting worldwide.

Five years after the first edition, "Hope for Democracy" returns with new and updated perspectives of participatory budgeting worldwide. The following pages are a result of the commitment of more than sixty authors, coming from all continents. The main objective of this collective effort is to provide a wide and comprehensive view of these processes. This publication proposes an open and ongoing reflection on how participatory budgeting processes have developed over the last thirty years. The following articles are an invitation to travel around the world, through unknown paths to the "great public". To guide the reading, articles are divided into four large blocks.

The first, called "global dynamics", is composed of contributions of authors who have dedicated themselves to the analysis of the main trends in the different continents. These texts are an excellent "starting point" for understanding the phenomenon of participatory budgeting, existing methodological and institutional designs, as well as the challenges they face. The second block, referring to the "regional dynamics", reunites texts aimed at understanding the particularities of these processes in each of the territorial contexts here depicted. From North America to Asia, Oceania to Europe, Latin America to Africa, the reader will find many reasons to be astonished by the scope of the ongoing initiatives. The third block is an innovation when compared to the first edition of the book, by bringing together articles dedicated to understanding the growth dynamics of institutional and territorial scales of participatory budgeting. This is probably the main advance of the last few years, and this is why it is particularly important in this publication. The fourth and final block integrates focused contributions to understand the relationship between participatory budgeting and other themes, such as the participation of children and youth, technologies usage and democracy crisis.

Hope for Democracy site where you can download the book.