The annual Global Civil Society Yearbooks provide an indispensable guide to global civil society or civic participation and action around the world. The 2009 Yearbook explores the framings, strategies, and impacts of a range of actors on poverty and its alleviation. The overarching question is to whether such actors, in pressing for poverty alleviation actually achieve anything/empower the poor, or simply aid wealthy states in maintaining the status quo. The contributors are diverse, including scholars and practitioners from India, America, the UK, Australia, Thailand, and Mali.
The Global Civil Society Yearbook remains the standard work on all aspects of contemporary global civil society for activists, practitioners, students, and academics alike. It is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the key actors, forms, and manifestations of global civil society around the world today.
Chapter Five: Global Civil Society and Budget Participation
Global Civil Society and Budget Participation
One of the most important public policy trends since the turn of the twenty-first century has been the convergence of democratisation and development agendas in the context of national economic planning. The reorientation of social policy discourse and practice away from purely economistic income indicators of poverty towards definitions encompassing exclusion from decision-making structures has had significant effects on economic governance at both national and international levels. One such effect has been the establishment of a link between political participation and poverty reduction in the context of resource management and allocation. Here, the engagement of wider stakeholders in the institutions and processes of local and/or national budget formulation and execution is viewed as key ...