Models of Participatory Budgeting. Analysis of Participatory Budgeting Procedures in Poland
Krzysztof Mączka 1  
,   Agnieszka Jeran 1  
,   Piotr Matczak 1  
,   Maciej Milewicz 2  
,   Giovanni Allegretti 3  
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Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
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Publication date: 2021-12-14
Polish Sociological Review 2021;216(4):473–492
This paper presents a study on participatory budgeting in Poland, analyzing participatory budgeting procedures. We apply the typology of participation models proposed by Sintomer, and based on the previous research we investigate which model of participatory budgeting is characteristic for Poland. This study covered 49 cases of participatory budgeting implementation in Western Poland, mainly in the Wielkopolska Province and the neighboring provinces. The results show that none of the municipalities covered by the study had a relatively pure participatory budgeting model, as proposed by Sintomer. The procedures in the analyzed municipalities can be characterized as the patchwork participatory budgeting model.
This article benefited greatly from the comments of two anonymous reviewers.
This research was funded by the National Science Centre, Poland, under grant “Local elites’ reception of social consultation—a comparative case study” (no. 2016/21/N/HS6/02822) led by Krzysztof Mączka. Moreover, it was co-financed by the Institute of Sociology and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Krzysztof Mączka was supported by the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)—scholarship START edition 2020.