Process matters: petitions systems in Britain's legislatures

Bochel, Catherine (2016) Process matters: petitions systems in Britain's legislatures. The Journal of Legislative Studies, 22 (3). pp. 368-384. ISSN 1357-2334

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Over the past fifteen years petitions systems have become embedded in the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales, and more recently the House of Commons. This article uses the concept of procedural justice, with its emphasis on the fairness of the process by which decisions are made, as an analytical tool to explore four case studies of petitions systems in British legislatures, considering, in particular, the extent to which they enable voice, decision making and transparency. It illustrates that the application of ideas of procedural justice not only provides us with a useful tool for analysing petitions systems in representative political institutions, but also potentially provides a framework of ideas from which petitions systems, and perhaps other participatory initiatives, may learn.

Keywords:Legislatures, Participation, petitions systems, procedural justice, transparency, voice, JCNotOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L430 Public Policy
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:31 May 2016 18:39

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