Public Empowerment of Participatory Budgeting in Local Government: the Field Study of the Taoyuan City in Taiwan

Project Details


To address the contemporary problems of liberal democracy, practitioners and researchers are reinforcing the mechanism for authorized participation. In the spirit of direct democracy, citizen participation is used to justly distribute public resources through positive means such as participatory budgeting. To achieve public empowerment and policy impact, participatory budgeting resolutions are institutionalized to motivate executive authorities and civil servants to promote participatory budgetary operations and increase their competence. The expected project duration is two years, and the research field is the Taoyuan City Government. Qualitative research methods such as in-depth interviews and participant observation are used to examine the ongoing empowerment process and outcome of participatory budgeting promotion by local administrative authorities and civil servants. In the empowerment process, local administrations must ensure that citizens and public officials conduct reasoned deliberations through administrative actions such as training, mobilization and supervision, and prioritize public budgets and policies. In the empowerment outcome, local administrations and civil servants must be responsive to the implementation of participatory budget resolutions to ensure that citizens can practically influence policy implementation by local administrations and civil servants. This project empirically examines four dimensions of public empowerment, namely environment, institution, mechanisms and participants to explore how the Taoyuan City Government transforms the formal empowerment of its participatory budgeting communication platform into substantive empowerment where participatory budgeting resolutions are implemented. The project results not only compensate for current inadequacies in academic discourse, but also provide local governments with practical suggestions for participatory system innovations and budgeting process adjustment.
Effective start/end date1/08/1831/07/19

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Public Empowerment


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