Democracy, Disintermediation, and Finance
May 5, 2015
This seminar will explore various initiatives aimed at decentralizing the levers of public finance, and increasing the level of citizen and community participation in government budgetary decisions. Questions to be addressed include:
How can public finance be harnessed to address issues such as political corruption, copyright overexpansion and structural racial wealth inequality?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of promoting citizen-level investment through conditional cash-transfer programs?
What are the capacities and limits of participatory budgeting practices?