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Josh Lerner: Money Talks: How Participatory Budgeting Can Transform Politics

(January 28, 2008) — Money may be killing democracy, but it can also bring it back to life – if we learn new ways to manage it. Progressives often complain that the influence of big money has corrupted politics, leaving us with elite politicians that don’t represent most Americans. Once in power, these politicians decide how Read more…

Josh Lerner: Let The People Decide

Imagine if, in your city, ordinary residents met regularly to decide how government funds were spent on playgrounds, health clinics and adult education. If you lived in the Canadian city of Guelph or in a public housing building in Toronto, you could do more than imagine. In these two cities, low-income residents are determining how Read more…

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