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Title: Do social networking groups support online petitions?
Authors: Panagiotopoulos, P
Sams, S
Elliman, T
Fitzgerald, G
Keywords: eParticipation;eDemocracy;ePetitions;Social networks;Facebook;Web 2.0
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract: EPetitioning has been emerging as arguably the most important eParticipation institutional activity. This paper aims to provide some insights into how ePetitions are perceived and supported by social networking sites. The connection between the UK government’s ePetitioning system and social networking groups linking to governmental petitions was investigated. Online data from Facebook were collected and analysed with respect to numbers of supporters compared to official signatures. The results indicate that although the process of signing an official petition is not more complex than joining a Facebook group, the membership of respective Facebook groups can be much higher. In particular, certain topics experienced very high support on Facebook which did not convert to signatures. The paper raises interesting questions about the potential uptake of citizen-government interactions in policy making mechanisms.
Description: This article is the post-print version of the final paper that has been accepted for publication and is forthcoming in Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy. Copyright @ Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN: 1750-6166
Appears in Collections:Computer Science
Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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