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Do Institutional E-Petitions Have an Impact? The E-Petitions from the Chamber of Deputies in Luxembourg

Democracy
Political Participation
Internet
Political Activism
Public Opinion
Raphael Kies
University of Luxembourg
Raphael Kies
University of Luxembourg

Abstract

Luxembourg is one of the few parliaments (see also the Scottish parliament and the Bundestag), to have introduced an e-petitions system. Since its introduction its success with regards to the number of e-petitions and the signatures is high and constant to the point that it has probably become the main national e-democratic participative tool for the resident population. However little is known about its impact. This paper will focus on the impact of public e-petitions, corresponding to the petitions that have reached the threshold of 4500 signatures. It will be assessed by analyzing: 1) the debates of the MPs in commission and plenary; 2) the coverage of the media (essentially the print media); 3) the extent to which they have led to political decisions (laws or actions plans). The results should be of interest for academics because there is a lack of studies that measure in a systematic way the impact of institutional e-petitions. It should also be of interest for the broader public as it will contribute to identify the (combination of) factors that explain the success of an e-petition.