All About the Money: Public Participation in Fiscal Policy

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While progress has been made in the area of fiscal transparency and budget information disclosure, in the two other essential pillars of good governance – public participation and accountability – further work is needed. Nowadays, ICT has lowered the cost of direct interaction between citizens, non-state actors and governments while also creating entirely new spaces for citizen-input and deliberation in government policy making, so they work together to address social, environmental and economic challenges and opportunities. However, there is still a lack of guidance on how public entities should undertake public participation on fiscal policy. Questions addressed during this Brown Bag Lunch are: 1. What are the main constraints to greater public participation in fiscal policy at the national level? 2. What are the main opportunities for expanding public participation? 3. What would a set of principles and good practices on public participation in fiscal policy look like?