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Fiscal transparency and authentic citizen participation in public budgeting: the role of third-party intermediation

Jonathan B. Justice (University of Delaware)
Cumhur Dülger (Anadolu University)

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

ISSN: 1096-3367

Article publication date: 1 March 2009

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Abstract

Much of the current U.S. academic literature on participatory budgeting is preoccupied with direct citizen involvement in budget formulation, reflecting a particular normative theory of democracy. In this essay we suggest that U.S. academics can learn from a contemporary international community of practice concerned with “civil-society budget work”-a quasi-grassroots, quasi-pluralist movement with member organizations throughout the developing world-as well as from the budget exhibits mounted by the New York Bureau of Municipal Research at the turn of the last century. The budget-work movement employs third-party intermediation and advocacy, through all phases of the budget cycle. U.S. academics and budget-work practitioners can learn from each other, and this represents an unexploited opportunity for all concerned. We propose a program of locally based action research and trans-local evaluative synthesis.

Citation

Justice, J.B. and Dülger, C. (2009), "Fiscal transparency and authentic citizen participation in public budgeting: the role of third-party intermediation", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 254-288. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-21-02-2009-B005

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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