E-petition systems and political participation: About institutional challenges and democratic opportunities

Knud Böhle, Ulrich Riehm


The implementation of e-petition systems holds the promise to increase the participative and deliberative potential of petitions. The most ambitious e-petition systems allow for electronic submission, make publicly available the petition text, related documents and the final decision, allow supporting a petition by electronically co-signing it, and provide electronic discussion forums. Based on a comprehensive survey (2010/2011) of parliamentary petition bodies at the national level covering the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) plus Norway and Switzerland, the present state of public e-petitioning in the EU is presented, and the relevance of e-petition systems as a means of political participation is discussed.


petition; e-petition; e-democracy; varients of democracy; participation; e-participation; survey;

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v18i7.4220

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