Lev-On, Azi. (Accepted for Publication). Deliberation and media effects: Evidence from a participatory budgeting event- Online Information Review.
The study examines the impact of presence, synchronicity of exposure and other variables on allocative decisions reached following a participatory budgeting event. The main variable affecting allocative decisions was whether decision-makers were exposed to the event physically or remotely. There was a significant and large difference between allocation decisions of participants who were physically present at the event and those who were exposed to it remotely. Public engagement events are becoming widespread, with the Internet being a major tool in their administration. This study demonstrates that using the Internet to make such events accessible to the non-physically present can create significant changes in decisions reached by participants.