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Explaining deliberative participation in e-petition systems: the case of Malmö City
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Center for Democratic Government in Change)
2014 (English)Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

With the proliferation and application of democratic innovations around the world, the study of deliberative and participatory processes has got the opportunity to shift its main focus from artificial environments and experiments into study of the real life political processes. The implementation of e-petition systems in local governments in Sweden is one example of such institutionalized form of democratic innovations in action.Being essentially platforms for aggregation of opinions, the Malmö City e-petition platform also provide space for discussion among citizens. But what factors explains deliberative participation on the platform? This paper, based on survey data (N=1470) from users of the Malmö City e-petition system, provides insight into this question.In a comparison between the default option (aggregation of opinions by signing petitions) and the more demanding form of participation (deliberation on posted petitions) two major results is revealed. First, two factors (prior political activity and non-participation in political parties) explains the degree of both forms of participation. Secondly, and most importantly, four factors explains deliberative participation; gender (being a woman), political efficacy, political satisfaction and positive attitudes towards the use technology in political processes.The main conclusion that can be drawn from the analysis is, thus, that the barriers to aggregative participation in e-petition systems are low and is highly correlated to prior political participation, while the barriers to deliberative participation is higher and related to more individual features such as gender, efficacy, satisfaction and attitudes towards technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
Democratic innovations, e-petitions, deliberative systems, political participation
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39684OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-39684DiVA: diva2:771672
Conference
Statsvetenskapliga förbundets metodinternat, Enköping, Sweden, June 9-10, 2014
Available from: 2014-12-15 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2015-03-05Bibliographically approved

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