Social Participation as a Mechanism for (Re) Construction of Democracy

126/5000 Together, Portugal and Brazil. Participatory budgeting as a viable tool for urban transformation in a democracy.

  • Cláudia Gurgel Amaral Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro
Keywords: Democracy and Citizenship, Participatory Budgeting, Cascais and Porto Alegre, Portugal and Brazil


This paper begins by analyzing a few questions about participatory democracy and citizenship in a broad manner, in Portugal and Brazil, in present times, inserting the Participatory Budgeting in this context and its institutional development. In a further stage, it presents considerations concerning experiences of Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil and the Municipality of Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal.