Public engagement for public health: participatory budgeting, targeted social programmes, and infant mortality in Brazil

Michael Touchton, Brian Wampler

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Abstract

Brazil has made striking gains in public health since its democratisation in the mid-1980s. Previous research credits widespread economic growth and the creation of widespread social programmes for these improvements. We take a novel approach by also examining local participatory institutions. Participatory budgeting is a democratic innovation that allows residents to allocate a portion of the local budget directly to local needs, including healthcare. We evaluate whether participatory budgeting also influences infant mortality, a serious health problem facing Brazilian communities. We find that using participatory budgeting substantially reduces infant mortality, even more so when the programme is institutionalised.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-686
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopment in Practice
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Civil society–Participation
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Social sector–health
  • Water and sanitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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