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Towards a hybrid logic of participatory budgeting

Luca Bartocci (Department of Economics, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy)
Giuseppe Grossi (School of Business, Kristianstad University, Kristianstad, Sweden) (Nord University Business School, Bodø, Norway)
Sara Giovanna Mauro (Institute of Management, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 26 June 2018

Issue publication date: 7 January 2019




Participatory budgeting (PB) is considered a suitable tool for supporting and promoting citizen engagement in government work. Previous studies of PB have deeply investigated its design and effects, but paid little attention to the underlying logics of adopting and implementing PB. The purpose of this paper is to, accordingly, investigate the development over time of the institutional logics of PB and attempt to explain their effect on PB.


Using a longitudinal multiple case study design, this research analyzes the evolution of institutional logics over time and across five municipalities in Italy. The analysis integrates documents with interviews conducted at two times to investigate the evolution of PB logics.


The development of PB is characterized by the spread of two emerging logics–i.e. managerial and community-building logics–that replace or coexist with the traditional political logic. Indeed, these different logics can coexist within governments, with different degrees of conflict or coexistence, resulting in what can be considered a hybrid logic.

Research limitations/implications

Although the number of examined cases is limited, this research elaborates an original conceptual approach and provides new insights that could help in better designing and implementing PB.


This research builds knowledge of PB by shedding light on its different logics, linking them to diverse specific models of PB and exploring their changes over time.



Bartocci, L., Grossi, G. and Mauro, S.G. (2019), "Towards a hybrid logic of participatory budgeting", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 65-79.



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