Selecting the Right Software for Supporting Participatory Budgeting in Local Government – Reviewing Suitable Solutions

Achim Reiz, Michael Fellmann, Lotta-Maria Sinervo, Annukka Heinonen

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Participatory Budgeting (PB) empowers the constituents to decide on how to spend a part of the public money. The citizens create proposals, which are then (if they are within the given rules of the PB) voted on by the public. It is believed that PBs strengthen democracy and increase the efficiency of public spending. Information and communication technology (ICT) can support these PB initiatives. There are several software solutions available for implementing a PB. However, picking the right solution is far from an easy task as the solutions are as diverse as the needs and possible requirements of administrations. This paper scrutinizes different solutions in aiming to provide support for aspiring municipalities in selecting the right PB software. The following work sheds light on the differences between the available software solutions. First, we shortly describe the applications and then lay out the tested capabilities of the software. Afterward, we show the fulfillment level of these capabilities and present an excel tool for making individual, informed decisions. The paper is concluded with a description of the tool selection process in two Finnish municipalities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Governance and Open Society
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges in Eurasia - 8th International Conference, EGOSE 2021, Proceedings
EditorsAndrei V. Chugunov, Marijn Janssen, Igor Khodachek, Yuri Misnikov, Dmitrii Trutnev
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-04238-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-04237-9
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Electronic Governance and Open Society - ITMO University, St Petersburg, Russia/Online, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 24 Nov 202125 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1529 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


ConferenceInternational Conference on Electronic Governance and Open Society
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
CitySt Petersburg

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1


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