Another City is Possible: Alternatives to the City as Commodity: Participatory Budgeting

Another City is Possible: Alternatives to the City as Commodity: Participatory Budgeting

by Yves Cabannes, Delgado Cecilia

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Another City is Possible: Alternatives to the City as Commodity: Participatory Budgeting by Yves Cabannes, Delgado Cecilia

Though participatory budgeting was only born in 1989, it has since been manifested over 2000 times in over 45 countries around the world - groundbreaking success for a process that is one of the rare authentic democratic innovations in the past 30 years. Participatory budgeting gives citizens a powerful role in the decision-making and destiny of their cities. It also reaffirms the central place of collective deliberation for direct democracy and participatory democracy, whilst contributing to the transformation of the city into urban commons.

In this book, Yves Cabannes and Cecilia Delgado, seasoned experts in the field, lead us across five continents to the front lines of participatory budgeting, unpacking the successes and challenges of thirteen case studies. As much a Best-Of Guide as a How-To Manual for democratising municipal finances, this book charts the unique trajectory of participatory budgeting, asserting its rich potential for realising radical democratic goals and deepening democracy. Animated throughout with stunning full colour images, it includes an extensive bibliography with up-to-date resources across multiple languages, including films and websites.

The Alternatives to the City as a Commodity Series

This book on participatory budgeting is the first in a series which outlines some of the most significant and potentially transformative ways that people are building livable cities: by developing collective, communal and cooperative forms of land and housing tenure; resisting market-driven evictions; developing both small and large-scale local and complementary currencies; and expanding urban and peri-urban agriculture from a perspective of food sovereignty. These topics are far from an exhaustive account of the multiple fronts of urban citizen struggle. No doubt many more fronts of struggle should, and will, be added as citizens are realising their Right to the City - a concept first articulated half a century ago by the visionary Henri Lefebvre.

Yves Cabannes is an urban specialist, activist and scholar. For the past forty years he has been involved in housing rights issues and people-led initiatives including participatory budgeting, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, land rights, local currencies, and appropriate technologies. Since the mid 1990s, he has been involved with participatory budgeting through research, project implementation, teaching and advocacy in a large number of cities around the world. Mr. Cabannes was the Senior Advisor to the Municipality of Porto Alegre, Brazil, for the International Network on Participatory Budgeting. He became Emeritus Professor of Development Planning at University College London in 2015.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551646404
Publisher: Black Rose Books
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Yves Cabannes, emeritus professor of development planning at University College London, is an urban specialist, activist, scholar, and an expert on participatory budgeting.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Anne Hidalgo, The Mayor of Paris - The Urgent Need to Overcome Citizens’ Distrust

BACKGROUND AND CHALLENGES - Cabannes, Y

FILE 1 The Role of Participatory budgeting and its specific contribution to building “another possible city”.

FILE 2 Basics tools to navigating the world of participatory budgeting.

FILE 3 No blue print for participatory budgeting. The challenge of diversity.

CASE FILES

FILE 4 “Real money for real people”: Participatory Budgeting in 49th Ward, Chicago, United States of America. Cabannes, Y

FILE 5 From Agenda XXI to Participatory Budgeting: the Cascais Experiment in Portugal. Cabannes, Y and Delgado, C

FILE 6.1 Participatory Budgeting for Housing in Belo Horizonte: a path to producing low-income housing developments and self-management. Cabannes, Y and Delgado, C

FILE 6.2 Participatory Budgeting for Housing in Belo Horizonte: Achievements and limitations. Rueda Tibúrcio, L

FILE 7 Participatory Budgeting in Guarulhos, Brazil: transforming people to transform the city. Cabannes, Y and Delgado, C

FILE 8 Participatory Budgeting in Dondo, Mozambique: a unique example of PB as a driver of Good Governance. Cabannes, Y and Delgado, C

FILE 9 La Serena, Chile: Participatory budgeting in neighbourhoods and public schools, a true academy of citizenship. Salinas Fernandez, J, Carrasco Reyes, M and Gonzalez Franetovic, H (editors)

FILE 10 Rosario, Argentina. Presentation of an analytical grip to establish a Participatory Budgeting profile at city level. Cabannes, Y, Lipietz, B and Delgado, C

FILE 11 Ilo, an industrial port in southern Peru, which allocates 100% of its capital budget through Participatory Budgeting. Cabannes, Y and Delgado, C

FILE 12 Seville, at one time one of the most advanced European participatory budgeting experiences, unfortunately interrupted. Cabannes, Y and Delgado, C

FILE 13 A noteworthy experience in the 6th District [Commune] of Yaoundé, Cameroon: demo-cratising and improving living conditions. Cabannes, Y and Delgado, C

FILE 14 Participatory budgeting in secondary schools in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region, France. Cabannes, Y and Delgado, C

FILE 15 Participatory budgeting as a way to reducing the urban – rural divide in China: the massive Chengdu experiment. Cabannes, Y

FILE 16 Participatory budgeting in Paris: Act, Reflect, Grow. Cabannes, Y

ISSUE BRIEFS - Cabannes, Y

FILE 17 The Role of Participatory budgeting and its specific contribution to building “another possible city”

FILE 18 How to address continuity and discontinuity in Participatory Budgeting processes

FILE 19 Recommendations to further radicalise PB - Part one. Citizen and public sector participation.

FILE 20 Recommendations to further radicalise PB - Part two. Links with other alternatives.

RESOURCE FILES - Cabannes, Y and Delgado, C

FILE 21 A commented bibliography of “Must-Reads”: Indicative list of accessible books and documents in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

FILE 22 Selection of films on Participatory Budgeting produced between 2002 and 2017

FILE 23 Websites on Participatory Budgeting

List of the Contributors – Biographies

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