Digital Democracy in a Globalized World
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Digital Democracy in a Globalized World

Edited by Corien Prins, Colette Cuijpers, Peter L. Lindseth and Mônica Rosina

Whether within or beyond the confines of the state, digitalization continues to transform politics, society and democracy. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have already considerably affected political systems and structures, and no doubt they will continue to do so in the future. Adopting an international and comparative perspective, Digital Democracy in a Globalized World examines the impact of digitialization on democratic political life. It offers theoretical analyses as well as case studies to help readers appreciate the changing nature of democracy in the digital age.
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Chapter 11: The European citizens’ initiative: an effective tool to promote a digital European democracy?

Marie-José Garot

Abstract

It is well known that the Lisbon Treaty introduced the European Citizens’ Initiative as a new right for European Union citizens. If supported by at least 1 million citizens, an initiative can invite ‘the European Commission, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties’. The objective of this chapter is to analyse to what extent the European Citizens’ Initiative fosters participatory democracy in the European space and promotes the emergence of a digital European democracy, thanks particularly to the internet.

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