Multi-Channel Democratic Innovations & EMPATIA project (in collaboration with Giovanni Allegretti)
There is no doubt that the most successful democratic innovations offer a multiplicity of venues of participation, multiple public spaces, and multiple participatory decision-making mechanisms; however, there are also many examples in which the introduction of additional venues of citizen participation within a democratic innovation has backfired. In this project we aim to provide a more nuanced view of the role of redundancy and diversification in democratic innovations. The project insofar has generated two publications, a successful Horizon 2020 grant (1.5 Million Euros) and we have recently completed a theoretical piece that aims to provide a vocabulary to analyze the emerging phenomenon of multi-channel platforms, such as Gabinete Digital in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. For more details on the Empatia project and the rest of the team see here.
The Digital Revolution and Governance in Brazil: Evidence from Participatory Budgeting (in collaboration with Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton).
This is the first project that has emerged from the more refined survey we implemented in 2012 in the Participatory Budgeting Census. The survey collected data on the design of PB processes. One interesting pattern emerged when comparing cities implementing hybrid PB and cities implementing traditional PB. Hybrid PBs that combine both online and offline venues of participation have, on average, less face to face meetings. This project uses cross-sectional data and is exploratory in nature, but points in the direction of a substitution effect in the design of multi-channel PB processes.