Kurowska's chapter in the The Handbook of European Policies

January 24, 2018

Xymena Kurowska has just published a book chapter on interpretive approaches to studying EU foreign policy in The Handbook of European Policies. Interpretive Approaches to the EU.


Participatory budgeting (PB) is often perceived as an exemplary instrument to institutionalize participatory governance. However, the rules and the outcomes of PB are very different worldwide. This chapter describes the diffusion of PB across the globe and compares different models of PB. The authors show that institutional design varies due to country- and city-specific conditions and adherence to different democratic principles. Specific criteria to evaluate PB are developed that can be used by practitioners as well as researchers to better analyse the range of outcomes generated by PB. Finally, the authors provide a neo-institutional explanatory framework that can be applied through single and comparative case studies to explain success or failure of PB.