Can Gov’t Budgets Become Democratic? Participatory Budgeting
Above: Participatory budgeting in Brazil.
Laura Flanders Interviews Josh Lerner on Participatory Budgeting and Connie Razza on the Democratization of Government Spending and the Finance System
Can budgets and even the federal reserve be brought under public control? One radical tool for grassroots democracy that is taking hold is Participatory Budgeting. Josh Lerner is co-founder and executive director of the Participatory Budgeting Project and is the author of two books, both released last year: Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics, and Everyone Counts: Could Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy? Also on the show: what is the Federal Reserve, and what role could it have? Connie Razza works with the Center for Popular Democracy and their “Fed Up” campaign, working to make the federal reserve work for the 99%.