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Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting (in Dutch: buurtbudgetten) is an attempt to empower residents of a town or city to take an active role in the development of their neighbourhood by allowing them to vote directly on how part of the public budget is spent. But designing a transparent voting rule that fairly accounts for everyone’s interests is a difficult task. To succeed, one must combine insights from, on the one hand, political science and economics, with, on the other, computer science and AI.

In this project, we design and analyse voting rules for participatory budgeting, a direct democracy initiative where residents jointly decide on how public funds are spent.

At the ILLC, we have a long history of conducting research in computational social choice, which is concerned with both the formal and the algorithmic aspects of democratic decision making. Our recent progress in the domain of participatory budgeting in particular is documented in Simon Rey’s PhD thesis.