WG Programme Coordinators:
Date: October 21-23, 2021
Main theme of the conference: "Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment - The Era of Collaborative Innovation in Governance"
Two NISPAcee working groups, namely WG1 on Local Government and WG5 on Public Finance and Public Financial Management organised a joint session entitled "Participatory Budgeting in Central and Eastern Europe: A Useful Tool or Trend?". The session was organised in three parts; the first two parts were organised physically, but the final one was virtual. On October 22, 2021, the physical parts of the joint session were held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In total, nine papers were presented.
- Iwona Sobis (University of Gothenburg) & Michiel de Vries (Radboud University Nijmegen): "Regulation of local public participation: A review of recent studies in EU member states"
- Elżbieta Szulc-Wałecka (Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin): "Citizen participation and engagement in participatory governance- Perspective of Polish local officials in selected municipalities of the Lubelskie Region"
- Katarzyna Radzik-Maruszak (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin) & Pauliina Lehtonen (Tampere University): "Inclusion as ownership in local participatory budgeting: PB facilitators’ interpretation on the agency of children and young people"
- Natalia Cuglesan (Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca): "Local governance and participatory democracy: Experiments of digital participatory budgeting in Romania"
- Jaroslav Dvorak & Gabriele Burbulyte-Tsiskarishvili (both from Klaipeda University): "Lessons learnt from evidence-based participatory budgeting in Lithuania: Case of EmPaci Project"
- Péter Klotz (University of Public Service in Budapest): "A New Role Model for Local Governments? Budget Transparency and Participatory Budgeting of Budapest"
The contents of the joint session attracted attention. Vibrant discussions followed all presented papers. In addition, the participants indicated their interest in further collaboration. Last but not least, all participants of the joint session had an opportunity to submit their papers as manuscripts for a standard double-blind peer review for the purpose of a special issue of the Slovak Journal of Political Science entitled "Participatory Budgeting in Central and Eastern Europe: A Useful Tool or Trend?". Two of the presented papers (namely those presented by Jaroslav Dvorak and Maja Klun) have already been submitted and conditionally accepted by the journal and they will be published in the special issue mentioned.