Parliamentary e-petitions article selected for free access by Policy & Politics journal
Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira’s article on e-petitions was selected by the journal Policy & Politics, to be part of its free access virtual issue on digital, democracy and participation.
The article, "Parliamentary petitions and public engagement: an empirical analysis of the role of e-petitions", shows how the impact of petitions depends on the processes which policy makers use to assess and respond to them. The ways in which petitions are produced seems to matter less than the way in which they are then evaluated by those with the power to determine policy. The implication is that moving petitions on-line does not guarantee that politicians will become more responsive to public pressure.