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Participatory Budgeting: Behind the Words, the Euros. Empirical Study of 4043 Projects in Paris (2014–2021)

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The participatory budget of cities (Cf. ) has become an instrument widely promoted by the new public management as a means to involve citizens in public policies. Beyond the conceptual appeal of empowering the citizen-user, the reality of the financed projects sometimes responds to trending topics that are more about communication than about a committed footprint of the citizen in his or her city that would orient the public decision. To explore this phenomenon, the corpus studied will include the 4043 projects identified and financed by the city of Paris from 2014 to 2021 (Cf. ). A comparison using smart data methods under the R software will be made between the different projects voted by the citizens and finalized by the Paris City Hall. The results show that the title of the project (i.e., the descriptive terms used) determines the value of the project and that it is the most unattended words that vary the amount of the allocated budget. The participatory budget would ultimately be an additional instrument of political communication to the service of a fantasized and illusory participatory democracy.
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hal-04459732 , version 1 (15-02-2024)

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Thierry Côme, Stéphane Magne, Alexandre Steyer. Participatory Budgeting: Behind the Words, the Euros. Empirical Study of 4043 Projects in Paris (2014–2021). Participatory and Digital Democracy at the Local Level, Springer International Publishing, pp.241-254, 2023, Contributions to Political Science, ⟨10.1007/978-3-031-20943-7_15⟩. ⟨hal-04459732⟩
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