University of Padua

2018 Dataset of Participatory Budgeting in Italy

Stortone, Stefano and Pittella, Giorgio and Bassoli, Matteo (2021) 2018 Dataset of Participatory Budgeting in Italy. [Data Collection]

Collection description

The dataset provides data on Italian Municipalities’ policy pertaining to participatory budgeting. The dataset comprises information only on municipalities active in this field: Name, Province, Region, Population (2011 Census), nineteen dummy variables identifying those municipalities running a PB in a given year (y1994, y2002 to y2019), Number of years with PB (TOT). Overall, the dataset comprises 480 units.

DOI: 10.25430/
Keywords: Participatory budgeting, Italy, Mapping, 2018, Bilancio Partecipativo, Bilancio Partecipato,
Subjects: Social Sciences and Humanities > Institutions, Values, Environment and Space :Political science, law, sustainability science, geography, regional studies and planning > Political systems, governance
Social Sciences and Humanities > Institutions, Values, Environment and Space :Political science, law, sustainability science, geography, regional studies and planning > Urban, regional and rural studies
Department: Departments > Dipartimento di Scienze politiche, giuridiche e studi internazionali (SPGI)
Depositing User: Matteo Bassoli
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2021 08:06
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2021 09:13
Pittella, Giorgiog.pittella@bipart.itUNSPECIFIED
Corporate creators: BiPart Impresa sociale Srl
Type of data: Text
Collection period:
1 May 201930 June 2019
Temporal coverage:
Geographic coverage: Italy
Data collection method: The mapping procedure departed from the existing literature on PB. Using existing documentation (APP 2015, 2017, 2019; Bassoli 2012; BiPart 2019; Emilia Romagna 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; Sintomer and Allegretti 2009; Stortone and Allegretti, 2018), it was possible to identify some PB in Italy, mainly in Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Tuscany. Sicilian PB required particular attention because of the 5/2014 regional law (assigning at least 2% of Municipal budget to PB), thus we interviewed a key informant from the regional administration. During the period May 1 – June 30, 2019, we also apply a web search. According to the 4/2004 law, every municipality has to implement its own website; moreover, PB is a policy which needs to be advertised in all possible form (Bassoli 2010, Bassoli and Amura 2003), therefore we could assume that every recent PB was advertised online. We gathered information on the presence of PB using a standard mapping protocol using specific keywords (“Bilancio Partecipativo” and “Bilancio Partecipato”). We opted for the Google™ search-engine because it is the most widely used search engine and the one with a stronger user-led learning algorithm. We limited the research to the first 10 pages.
Statement on legal, ethical and access issues: Data are not consistent across Italy, given the variety of methods and the role played by the literature used. The 2019 data are particularly unreliable given the specific time frame used.
Resource language: English
Metadata language: English
Additional information: Additional material is available on the Osservatorio Italiano sui Bilanci Partecipativi:
Publisher: Research Data Unipd
Date: 31 March 2021
Copyright holders: The Author

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