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Petitions: Invigorating Democracy

The House of Commons Petitions Committee has just announced that MPs will debate on 20 February 2017 the prospective state visit to the UK by Donald Trump. 1,069 more words

Citizen Engagement

Are online protests really protests?

Protest is a performance, whether it is signing a petition or vandalising property, but the effect of the performance is largely dependent on the activists and the claims they are making. 475 more words

Institute for Digital Democracy launched to 'transform the way voters experience politics'

The Institute for Digital Democracy (IDD) – the first think tank to specifically explore opportunities for the digitalisation of British politics – will launch this Wednesday (12th October) from the House of Commons. 504 more words

Online Voting

Success of e-petition challenged

The Sun newspaper has claimed victory after a former SAS soldier who had been imprisoned for firearms offences was released.

The Sun had launched an e-petition on the website change.org to have the soldier’s 15 month jail sentence suspended, claiming he was a ‘war hero’ who had simply kept the weapons from the Falklands War as a memorial to his fallen comrades. 90 more words

Pressure Groups

A year on, the new Petitions Committee has much to celebrate

The UK parliament’s collaborative e-petitions site celebrates its first birthday today. Over the last year over 18,000 petitions have been submitted, a level not seen since the 19th century. 1,503 more words


A modest proposal... for the ECI

In the lead up to the mini conference next week on democratic participation in the EU which I blogged last month, I was asked to contribute an idea for pre-conference discussion: a short proposal for “democratising the EU via citizen participation”. 442 more words


The Problem(s) of Research

The primary question guiding my research paper for this class is—What role do topic, petitioner gender and linguistic components play in successful e-petitions? Using a purposive sampling technique based on petition topic and petitioner gender, I initially chose two popular e-petitioning websites for data collection as both these platforms allow for easy access and extraction of successful petitions while explicitly displaying the petitioner’s self-reported gender. 372 more words

New Media