Petitions systems: contributing to representative democracy?

Bochel, Catherine (2013) Petitions systems: contributing to representative democracy? Parliamentary Affairs, 6 (4). pp. 798-815. ISSN 0031-2290

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Abstract

Focusing on case studies of five different petitions systems, but also drawing on the Coalition government’s new e-petitions system, this article identifies a number of characteristics of petitions systems. It argues that as a tool for participation they have the potential to act as a significant input to representative forms of democracy by providing a mechanism to enable the public to express their
views to those in elected representative institutions. While there may be challenges associated with this, petitions systems may help underpin the legitimacy
and functioning of representative institutions.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:petitions systems, democracy, Participation, Parliament, Local government
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:5879
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:16 Jun 2012 19:20
Last Modified:14 Jan 2014 13:51

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