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Assessing (e-)Democratic Innovations: “Democratic Goods” and Downing Street E-Petitions

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posted on 29.01.2013, 13:58 by Scott Graham Wright
In response to a perceived crisis of democracy, governments have trialed a variety of democratic innovations. How to measure the impact of such innovations is both difficult and hotly disputed. This article tests Smith's (2009) broad-based democratic goods analytical framework on what is often perceived to be a highly successful democratic innovation: Downing Street e-petitions. It accepted 33,058 petitions receiving 12,384,616 signatures. Downing Street made 3,258 official replies. Given that it is arguably the most prominent e-democratic innovation in the world to date, the lack of empirical research is very surprising—and worrying—because the perceived success has led to the wider adoption of e-petitions. This article will fulfill three principal aims: to test the veracity of the democratic goods approach for case study research, with a view to streamlining it for future work; provide the first detailed, theoretically informed analysis of Downing Street e-petitions; and make recommendations for the application of such systems more broadly.

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Citation

Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 2012, 9 (4) pp. 453-470

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Media and Communication

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Journal of Information Technology and Politics

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

issn

1933-1681

eissn

1933-169X

Copyright date

2012

Available date

25/01/2014

Publisher version

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19331681.2012.712820

Notes

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 2012, 9 (4) pp. 453-470, 25th July 2012, © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19331681.2012.712820.

Language

en