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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Local Development & Society

For a Special Issue on
Participatory Budgeting: Accomplishments, Challenges and Prospects

Abstract deadline
30 September 2021

Manuscript deadline
31 March 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Won No, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
[email protected]

Daniel Schugurensky, Arizona State University
[email protected]

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Participatory Budgeting: Accomplishments, Challenges and Prospects


This special issue of Local Development and Society will focus on participatory budgeting, a democratic process in which community members decide together how to spend a portion of a public budget. Participatory budgeting has a focus on local issues. Since its beginnings in 1989 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, participatory budgeting has been implemented primarily at the municipal level. In the last decades its practice grew significantly, and it has adopted by thousands of towns and cities throughout the world. It is also being implemented in other local settings like schools, universities, public housing, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations. Moreover, participatory budgeting aims at bringing together residents, citizen groups, public officials and government agencies to improve the quality of life and the quality of democracy in their communities and regions.

Participatory budgeting is often used to address issues that are at the heart of this journal, such as civic participation, empowerment, health and wellbeing, livelihoods, self-governance, community organizing, local democracy, sustainability and local economic development, among others. The research on participatory budgeting, like the content of this journal, is very interdisciplinary in scope and includes scholars from planning, geography, economics, sociology, political science, education, development studies and public administration, budgeting and health, among other fields. This special issue aims at exploring the achievement, potentials and limitations of participatory budgeting. We invite articles that test evidence from academic research and practice against relevance in local societies and that include theoretical and empirical research in diverse local contexts.


Given the scope of this journal, this special issue will focus on the local dimension of participatory budgeting. Therefore, proposals for papers on state/provincial, national and international dimensions of participatory budgeting would only be considered if they have a strong connection with local development.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • impacts of participatory budgeting
  • participatory budgeting and community wellbeing
  • participatory budgeting and local development
  • participatory budgeting and neighborhood organizations
  • participatory budgeting and local democracy
  • joint practices of participatory budgeting and other participatory mechanisms
  • participatory budgeting and economic, environmental, and social sustainability
  • participatory budgeting and empowerment
  • participatory budgeting and community organizations
  • participatory budgeting in educational institutions
  • participatory budgeting in public housing
  • participatory budgeting and issues of gender, class and race
  • redistributive effects of participatory budgeting
  • digital, in-person and hybrid participatory budgeting
  • participatory budgeting and the sustainable development goals
  • youth and participatory budgeting
  • participatory budgeting and democratic innovations
  • participatory budgeting, invited spaces and local governance

Submission Instructions

Abstract Proposals

The abstract proposal should be a word document that contains the following: (a) manuscript title (which can change), (b) the names, affiliations, and emails of authors, and (c) a proposal (~500 words) of the planned contribution that includes: a summary of the key issues and/or research questions the paper will address and its relevance to the special issue. For empirical papers, methodology information should also be provided on the sample, methods, measures/variables, and results.

Submit your abstracts to: Dr. Won No, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) [email protected]

Full manuscripts should be no more than 8,500 words, all-inclusive.

Full manuscripts will be submitted to Local Development and Society through the journal’s online submission system and will be subject to double-blind peer review. We do not guarantee eventual publication of all manuscripts. Select "Participatory Budgeting: Accomplishments, Challenges and Prospects” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne.


  • June 1-September 30, 2021: Call for Proposals
  • September 30, 2021: Deadline for abstract proposals
  • March 31, 2022: Manuscript submission deadline
  • May 31, 2022: First decisions regarding submitted manuscripts
  • July 31, 2022: Revised manuscript submission deadline
  • August 1-October 31, 2022: Review of revised manuscripts and decisions
  • November 1-December 31, 2022: Copy-editing and final revisions by authors
  • March 1, 2023: Publication of special issue

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