Towards a hybrid logic of participatory budgeting

Luca Bartocci, Giuseppe Grossi, Sara Giovanna Mauro

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Participatory budgeting (PB) is considered a suitable tool for supporting and promoting citizen engagement in government work. Previous studies of PB have deeply investigated its design and effects, but paid little attention to the underlying logics of adopting and implementing PB. The purpose of this paper is to, accordingly, investigate the development over time of the institutional logics of PB and attempt to explain their effect on PB.


Using a longitudinal multiple case study design, this research analyzes the evolution of institutional logics over time and across five municipalities in Italy. The analysis integrates documents with interviews conducted at two times to investigate the evolution of PB logics.


The development of PB is characterized by the spread of two emerging logics—i.e. managerial and community-building logics—that replace or coexist with the traditional political logic. Indeed, these different logics can coexist within governments, with different degrees of conflict or coexistence, resulting in what can be considered a hybrid logic.

Research limitations/implications

Although the number of examined cases is limited, this research elaborates an original conceptual approach and provides new insights that could help in better designing and implementing PB.


This research builds knowledge of PB by shedding light on its different logics, linking them to diverse specific models of PB and exploring their changes over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Economics and Business (502)


  • Hybridization
  • Institutional logic
  • Local government
  • Participatory budgeting


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