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Title: Assessing (e-)Democratic Innovations: “Democratic Goods” and Downing Street E-Petitions
Authors: Wright, Scott Graham
First Published: 25-Jul-2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 2012, 9 (4) pp. 453-470
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1080/19331681.2012.712820
ISSN: 1933-1681
eISSN: 1933-169X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2012, © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: 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:
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