Participatory budgeting, community engagement and impact on public services in Scotland

Angela O’Hagan, Claire MacRae, Clementine Hill O'Connor, Paul Teedon

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The institutional engagement and analysis needed to effectively integrate the requirements of equality legislation into participatory budgeting (PB) processes requires a transformational approach. Equality processes appear to exist in parallel with PB activity, rather than being operationalized as integral to the objectives and character of PB activity at local level. This paper proposes that PB and the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in the Equality Act 2010 share a transformative intent and potential, but that this is undermined by siloed thinking on equalities and enduring discriminatory behaviour and practices. The paper concludes with propositions for aligning the conceptual links between equality and community empowerment and, thereby, participation in local financial decision-making in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Money and Management
Early online date28 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Oct 2019


  • community
  • equality
  • gender
  • outcomes
  • participation


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