Petitions: different dimensions of voice and influence in the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales

Bochel, Catherine (2012) Petitions: different dimensions of voice and influence in the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales. Social Policy and Administration, 46 (2). pp. 142-160. ISSN 0144-5596

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2011.00828.x

Abstract

The creation of the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament not only saw a shift in responsibility and democratic accountability for many areas of policy, including significant areas of social policy, but also provided the opportunity for the Parliament and Assembly to adopt 'transformative reforms designed to expand the opportunities for citizens to connect with their governments' (Carman, 2006: 4). One such reform, which was associated with aims of increased access and openness, was the introduction of petitions systems in the new legislatures.
Drawing on case studies from the devolved level, this article explores one of the less researched non-traditional forms of participation to examine how and what petitions can contribute to social policy. In particular, it seeks to explore the extent to which petitions systems challenge or replicate existing inequalities; what voices and interests they enable to be heard; and what impact they can have on social policy and social policies.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Devolution, Participation, Petitions, Social policy, Legislatures
Subjects:L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:4961
Deposited By: Hugh Bochel
Deposited On:21 Mar 2012 12:47
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 21:20

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