Citizen Preference and Resource Allocation: The Case for Participatory Budgeting in Seoul
journal contributionposted on 18.06.2021, 00:56 by T Im, H Lee, Wonhyuk ChoWonhyuk Cho, J Campbell
This article seeks to measure the extent to which the service priorities of citizens of Seoul, South Korea, are reflected in corresponding resource allocations in the city's budget, despite there being virtually no participation by citizens in the budget creation process. We find a less than perfect congruence between budget allocations and citizen preferences at both the city and district level. Given these results, we discuss the potential for participatory budgeting to address discrepancies in resource allocation by focusing on the unique demographic and cultural makeup of Seoul constituencies. © 2014 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.