Professor Leston-Bandeira’s ground-breaking article on e-petitions was selected by the journal Policy & Politics, to be part of its free access virtual issue on digital, democracy and participation. Professor Leston-Bandeira’s article is free to access until the 31 March.
The article, “Parliamentary petitions and public engagement: an empirical analysis of the role of e-petitions”, shows how the impact of petitions depends on the processes which policy makers use to assess and respond to them. The ways in which petitions are produced seems to matter less than the way in which they are then evaluated by those with the power to determine policy. The implication is that moving petitions on-line does not guarantee that politicians will become more responsive to public pressure.
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You can access the virtual issue here: