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Civic Deliberation And Participatory Budgeting: The Case Of San Joaquín, Santiago De Chile

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This chapter focuses on the new relation between the State and civil society in Chile at municipal level, which has challenged the long-standing centralist tradition that permeates all levels of Chile's state institutions. It analyses 'participatory budgeting' (PB) in the Municipality of San Joaquín in the Metropolitan Region of Santiago. It is a special type of democracy which, under the denomination of deliberative democracy, manifests itself in the institutional context of a representative democracy. Deliberative democracy is conceived of as the institutionalization of political practices and rules based on pluralism, political equality and collective deliberation. At least three essential conditions or principles have been put forward, which make free and rational discussion among equal citizens possible, and define deliberative democracy. The first condition corresponds to 'the principle of deliberative inclusion', second condition corresponds to 'the principle of participation', and the third condition corresponds to 'the principle of the public interest'.

Keywords: civic deliberation; deliberative democracy; participatory budgeting (PB); San Joaquín; Santiago De Chile



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