Participatory Budget of La Plata (Multichannel)
The Participatory Budget of the city of La Plata is conceived as a form of direct participation for the establishment of government priorities, which consists of a system that allows inhabitants of different neighborhoods to propose, discuss and decide each year how to execute part of the Municipal budget. After the selection of projects by the district assemblies, a vote is held using new information and communication technologies. During the years in which it has been in place, various mechanisms have been used: face-to-face voting, electronic voting and SMS voting. The participants entitled to vote are those registered in the electorate for voting in authorities. According to the results, the municipal government first executes the most voted on project, following in order of priorities with the next projects until the amount foreseen in the budget is exhausted.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- only backed by a governmental program or policy
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- Democratic innovation yields a binding decision