This guest blog by Giovanni Allegretti, a senior researcher from the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, is about his experiences of a What Works Scotland seminar focused on participatory democracy.
Author: Giovanni Allegretti, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Date: 7 September 2016
The seminar explored Scotland’s experiences and what goes on world-wide, with a focus on participatory budgeting (PB). How can it be scaled up? In Scotland, the Scottish Government supports PB and offers a programme for local authorities and communities.
Giovanni discusses his two experiences of scaling up participation experiments at a regional level in Italy. Scotland, he says, has multiple opportunities to foster a collaborative environment between different participatory experiments at municipal level. These would benefit from permanent collaboration between other regional and national governments who want to increase participatory democracy.