Participatory budgeting in Portugal

I know this is not quite related to spatial participatory tools, but still I find it quite interesting to share the article.

Portugal has announced the world’s first participatory budget on a national scale. The project will let people submit ideas for what the government should spend its money on, and then vote on which ideas are adopted.

Although participatory budgeting has become increasingly popular around the world in the past few years, it has so far been confined to cities and regions, and no country that we know of has attempted it nationwide. To reach as many people as possible, Portugal is also examining another innovation: letting people cast their votes via ATM machines. More can be found in the article: Portugal has announced the world’s first nationwide participatory budget.

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