EPetitioning has been emerging as arguably the most important eParticipation institutional activity. This paper aims to provide some insights into how ePetitions are perceived and supported by social networking sites.
The paper investigated the connection between the UK Government's ePetitioning system and social networking groups linking to governmental petitions. Online data from Facebook were collected and analysed with respect to numbers of supporters compared to official signatures.
The results indicate that although the process of signing an official petition is not more complex than joining a Facebook group, the membership of respective Facebook groups can be much higher. In particular, certain topics experienced very high support on Facebook which did not convert to signatures.
The paper's added value lies in the questions raised about the potential uptake of citizen‐government interactions in policy‐making mechanisms.
Panagiotopoulos, P., Sams, S., Elliman, T. and Fitzgerald, G. (2011), "Do social networking groups support online petitions?", Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 20-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506161111114626Download as .RIS
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