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Referenciais teóricos para desenvolver instrumentos de avaliação do Orçamento Participativo [Theoretical references for the development of assessment tools for Participatory Budgeting]


  • Glauco Peres da Silva


  • Carlos Eduardo Carvalho



This paper presents a framework for the development of Participatory Budgeting assessment models that make it possible to verify whether this new budgeting practice accomplishes the goals of its designers, and whether it is a better alternative to the budgeting tools set forth in the 1988 Brazilian Constitution. PB is often praised in speeches, yet there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate its ability to achieve the desired results. The framework proposed was based on four attributes considered fundamental by its designers: "radicalization of democracy", creation of a new citizenship, improvement of public spending and promotion of local development. These four attributes were analyzed using three different theoretical perspectives: Marxist analysis of the State and Democracy, based on Poulantzas and Macpherson; Institutional analysis, based on Hodgson; and Amartya Sens theses. At the end, the paper presents a minimum number of issues that must be included in assessment proposals of actual cases.

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  • Glauco Peres da Silva & Carlos Eduardo Carvalho, 2006. "Referenciais teóricos para desenvolver instrumentos de avaliação do Orçamento Participativo [Theoretical references for the development of assessment tools for Participatory Budgeting]," Nova Economia, Economics Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), vol. 16(3), pages 423-451, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:nov:artigo:v:16:y:2006:i:3:p:423-451

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    Participatory Budgeting; Marxism; Institutionalism; Amartya Sen;

    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures
    • O23 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Development


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