Participatory budgeting as a form of dialogic accounting in Russia Actors’ institutional work and reflexivity trap

Bourmistrov, Anatoli and Aleksandrov, Evgenii and Grossi, Giuseppe,(2018), Participatory budgeting as a form of dialogic accounting in Russia Actors’ institutional work and reflexivity trap. , Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, UNSPECIFIED

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate how participatory budgeting (PB), as a form of dialogic accounting, is produced in practice. Design/methodology/approach – This is a qualitative case study of PB development for the period 2013-2016 in one Russian municipality. Based on triangulation of in-depth semi-structured interviews, documentary analysis, videotape data and netnographic observation, the authors employ ideas of dialogic accounting and institutional work. Findings – The study shows that the PB experiment, which began with dialogic rhetoric, in reality, had very limited dialogic effects. However, the authors also observed that the PB dynamics over time made the practice neither inherently monologic nor dialogic. The authors explained such transformations by the way in which the individual reflexivity of actors altered when carrying out institutional work. Curiosity reflexivity was the most essential, triggering different patterns of institutional work to set up the PB experiment. However, further, the authors demonstrated that, over the course of the experiment’s development, the institutional work was trapped by various actors’ individual reflexivity forms and in this way limited PB’s dialogic potential. Originality/value – The study shows the importance of understanding and managing individuals’ reflexivity, as it shapes the institutional work performed by different actors and, therefore, influences the direction of both the design and materialization of dialogic accounting experiments such as PB. In a broader sense, this also influences the way in which democratic governance is developed, losing democratization potential.
Keywords : s Curiosity, Democratic governance, Institutional work, Dialogic accounting, Participatory budgeting, Reflexivity trap, UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal
Volume: 31
Number: 4
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Akuntansi
Depositing User: Eriana Ringgowati
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 08:25
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2019 08:25

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