Citizens Budget and Informed Citizens

Many international bodies recommend that governments produce "citizen budgets." In fact, countries that offer them receive higher scores in comparisons of budget transparency like the Open Budget Survey. There has been little discussion, however, of what information belongs in a citizen budget or how individuals use them. This course begins with a discussion of budgeting. A guest speaker from the Federal Ministry of Finance will guide students through the intricacies of the German national budget. We will then consider what the target audience should be and the theoretical rationale for producing them. Students in teams will then produce and prototype their own citizen budgets. They will learn some design thinking methods to structure their work. The International Budget Partnership (Washington, D.C.) serves as the sponsor of this course.

This course is for 1st year MPP students only.


  • Mark Hallerberg , Acting President and Professor of Public Management and Political Economy