Participatory budget (Face-to-Face)

Since 2002, the Participatory Budget began to be implemented throughout the country, starting from assemblies or neighborhood forums. The different initiatives have different degrees of institutionality and legal support. In general, they are regulated at the local level by the municipalities in the form of an Ordinance and provide for an informational instance, an assembly and proposal body, and in many cases also the composition of a body (Participatory Budget Council) to accompany the technical development and the implementation of projects. Some Provinces have Framework Laws that regulate them. The motivation for the implementation of this system is fundamentally for the integration of the citizenry in the public decisions and the inclusion of proposals of solutions and projects in the calculation and execution of the fiscal funds. Until 2016, the municipalities that used it reached a total of 56, distributed between the Provinces of: Buenos Aires, Chubut, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Mendoza, Neuquén, Río Negro, Salta, San Luis, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, and Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands. All of these municipalities also integrate the Argentine Network of Participatory Budgets (RAPP).

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

only backed by a governmental program or policy 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
democratic innovation yields a binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation

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