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Civic republicanism is a political philosophy that has regained attention following an article by Michael Tomasky, arguing that the Democratic Party should retake the civic republican mantle. One criticism of Tomasky was that a "common good" political philosphy, while sounding like a good idea, is short on specifics.

This is an attempt to bring together ideas for a civic republican platform and more specifically define civic republicanism in modern politics.

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Participatory Budgeting Edit

Participatory budgeting is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, in which ordinary city residents decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgeting is usually characterized by several basic design features: identification of spending priorities by community members, election of budget delegates to represent different communities, facilitation and technical assistance by public employees, local and higher level assemblies to deliberate and vote on spending priorities, and the implementation of local direct-impact community projects. Various studies have suggested that participatory budgeting results in more equitable public spending, higher quality of life, increased satisfaction of basic needs, greater government transparency and accountability, increased levels of public participation (especially by marginalized residents), and democratic and citizenship learning.

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