Social capital and participatory budgeting: a critical review of selected authors

Mediações: Revista de Ciências Sociais. 2010;15(2):304-323 DOI 10.5433/2176-6665.2010v15n2p304


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Journal Title: Mediações: Revista de Ciências Sociais

ISSN: 2176-6665 (Online)

Publisher: Universidade Estadual de Londrina

Society/Institution: Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Departamento de Ciências Sociais

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Social sciences (General)

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: English, Portuguese

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Cristiano das Neves Bodart (Universidade Sagrado Coração)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 10 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The present article seeks to discuss the possible impact of social capital on the practice of Participatory Budgeting (PB). Although the literature has attempted to focus on the benefits of extending the stock of social capital (SC), we intend here to point out its possible iniquities. Diverse possibilities of the generation of negative social capital were identified which can cause, by way of the practice of participatory budgeting, the constraint of socio-spacial inequalities, the discouragement to participation, clientelist practices, group antagonism, depoliticization of the decision process, group monopolies, the exclusion or the self-exclusion of individuals in practice, and other constraints presented in this article. We don’t intend to revoke the merits of PB, much less that of social capital. We only seek to demonstrate that this capital is composed of two opposing faces.