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DOI: 10.31921/doxacom
Issue number: 28, January-June 2019


Maria Manuela Magalhães Silva Universidade Portucalense, Porto, Portugal
Dora Resende Alves Universidade Portucalense, Porto, Portugal
María João Ferreira Universidade Portucalense, Porto, Portugal
Title The value of new technology in participatory democracy. The case of the European Citizens’ Initiative Summary Democratic participation still is the way forward for societies that seek permanent peace through the exercise of active citizenship. Since 2012, the European Citizens’ Initiative instrument has emerged in the process of drafting legislative acts of the European Union. One of the facets of this citizenship is to enable citizens to become involved in decision-making through participation in the exercise of legislative initiative. The Lisbon Treaty introduced the right to the ECI. The aim is to actively involve citizens in the European decision-making, giving them an indirect form of legislative initiative. Information technologies (IT) are the essence of up-to-date organizations in general, and changes in this field are occurring at an uncontrollable pace, interrupting traditional models and forcing organizations to implement new models, new ways of working and communicating. In this context, the European Commission, not ignoring the relevance and transformations inherent in the use of IT, has included its use in several areas, namely in the European Citizens’ Initiative. In this research is analysed how much a platform available in the European Citizens’ Initiative context is used in petitions and the evolution of this same use until the completion of the review in 2018. Keywords European Citizens Initiative, legislation, European Union, Information Technology, digital participation.


doi: https://doi.org/10.31921/doxacom.n28a02


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