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Handbook of Digital Politics

Handbook of Digital Politics

Edited by Stephen Coleman and Deen Freelon

It would be difficult to imagine how a development as world-changing as the emergence of the Internet could have taken place without having some impact upon the ways in which politics is expressed, conducted, depicted and reflected upon. The Handbook of Digital Politics explores this impact in a series of chapters written by some of the world's leading Internet researchers. This volume is a must-read for students, researchers and practitioners interested in the changing landscape of political communication.

Chapter 9: E-petitions

Scott Wright

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy, technology and ict, politics and public policy, public choice

Abstract

This chapter provides a comparative analysis of e-petitioning platforms, including Downing Street e-petitions, We the People and Scottish e-petitions. The chapter focuses on policy impacts, patterns of political participation and the nature of political communication facilitated. It argues that the institutionalization of e-petitioning systems is crucial to their success.

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