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From demands to deliberation: participatory budgeting in Pittsburgh

Gudic, Marko (2016) From demands to deliberation: participatory budgeting in Pittsburgh. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In 2015, the City of Pittsburgh partnered with several community organizations to design and pilot a unique model of PB tailored to best meet its needs. As a result of this effort, the City implemented Deliberative Community Budget Forums as a more engaging and inclusive method for soliciting public input on the 2016 Capital Budget. This paper seeks to evaluate the impact of the Deliberative Forums on the quality and level of community participation, deliberation, and engagement, as well as measure outcomes in the budget. Data collected from the 2014 Community Budget Hearings are used as a baseline for comparison. The study found the forums led to considerable quantitative and qualitative improvements in the budget process with respect to public participation and deliberation, and increased general knowledge of the budget and political engagement among participants. The study also determined areas where the forums could be improved, particularly in regards to diversity and political voice. The impact of the forums on the Capital Budget were not able to be determined. At the end, several key recommendations to address these issues are made. This paper concludes by briefly summarizing the findings of the study and discussing their positive implications for the future of the forums as an effective alternative form of PB in Pittsburgh and possibly in the United States.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gudic, Markomarkogdc@gmail.comMAG221
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMiller,
Committee MemberLotz,
Committee MemberNoroski,
Committee MemberCavalier,
Date: 10 May 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 31 March 2016
Approval Date: 10 May 2016
Submission Date: 21 April 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 57
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Politics and Philosophy
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Participatory Budgeting, Deliberative Democracy, Pittsburgh, PB, Deliberative Forums
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 20:05
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:33


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