Gilles Pradeu, a PhD student at the University, was quoted in an article published by The Guardian about how Paris embraced the idea of a participatory budget.

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A participatory budget allows residents to vote on how they want the city to spend 5 per cent of its budget. This process was employed in Porto Alegre, Brazil, more than a decade ago, where it has improved facilities for the people, such as water and sewer connections. 

Pradeu told The Guardian: “The Paris incarnation lacks the radical spirit of the Brazilian scheme.” He noted that while a lot of the Porto Alegre budget was decided by its residents “what is critical in Paris about the making of the city is not done through participatory budgeting.” 

Read the full article on The Guardian’s website.


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