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Title: Online engagement from the grassroots: Reflecting on over a decade of ePetitioning experience in Europe and the UK
Authors: Panagiotopoulos, P
Elliman, T
Keywords: Collaborative systems;Decision support systems;E-government;E-participation;E-petitioning;Online discussion forum;Open policy modeling;Public administration
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Charalabidis, Y; Koussouris, S (Ed(s)), Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance: Technologies and Methods for Online Citizen Engagement in Public Policy Making, Section 1- Chapter 6, Mar 2012
Abstract: Extensive debate on Internet and formal politics has concentrated on whether authorities should focus their efforts on high-volume activities such petitioning or crowdsourcing. Those engagement tools seem to be consistent with the ambition of many networked citizens to influence policy making through ad hoc and mostly single-issue movements. Therefore, certain interesting questions emerge: can authorities organise their engagement activities to respond and act upon this call? Can citizens in-deed influence policy making in a few clicks? This chapter draws together material from different uses of ePetitioning tools in Europe, mainly focusing on the integrated UK experience at national and local level. The analysis suggests that those initiatives can provide valuable feedback to authorities and be effectively complemented by other forms of deeper engagement. Yet, political organisations should pay close attention on how the public views such exercises and be prepared to support partici-pants in different ways and on a regular basis.
Description: The official published verison of this chapter can be accessed from the link below - Copyright @ 2012 Springer
ISBN: 3642272185
Appears in Collections:Computer Science
Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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