“PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1989, as an anti-poverty measure to help reduce child mortality. Since then, PB has spread to more than 7,000 cities around the world.
A 2017 article tells how PB is spreading across the globe. Of course I looked up Porto Alegre, Brazil. The Open Government Partnership site says participatory budgeting roots lie in a radical democratic project led by the Workers’ Party in Porto Alegre, Brazil in the late 1980s. Radical democracy includes incorporating ordinary citizens into government decision-making priorities, an inversion that led governments to allocate public resources to underserved areas and policy issues (basic health care), with an emphasis on social justice.
Apparently, PB is attractive to major international agencies, like the World Bank, European Union, and USAID.
With further research, I found comments that I interpret as redefining how our election system should operate, where group think is superior to the individual vote. Please let me know what you think: