Prospects for participatory budgeting in Brazil: Elections 2022 and digital tools in the participatory process
Presenter: Anna Kemppainen
Date: 2.12. 13.15–14.45 (EET)
Zoom link: https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/62419842588?pwd=VnVrWDdrK3YzclJXQ2VjQmFDNnBodz09
Seminar room: Room 24, Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo)
Budgeting was one of the important themes in the 2022 Brazilian general election. The topic has become an important part of the social debate both in elections and among experts. The ”secret budget” promoted by the country’s current president, Jair Bolsonaro, and the model of participatory budgeting promoted by former Brazilian president and presidential candidate Luiz Inácio ”Lula” da Silva were at odds in the elections. After Lula was elected president of Brazil, he has promised to further strengthen participatory budgeting in Brazil. He particularly emphasized the importance of digitization in expanding participation. However, there are questions related to digitization in the Latin American region. The question is how digitalization affects groups that do not have easy access to the internet.
The presentation is preceded by an update of on-going research activities on PB at the Politics of Co-Creation research team, including e.g., study of OmaStadi implementation, comparison of Helsinki, Gothenburg and Trondheim PBs by using the Co-Creation Radar and nation-wide social media analysis of PB in South Korea. Presenters include Mikko Rask, Bokyong Shin and Pekka Tuominen.