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Electronic petitions enhance public influence and participation in democratic process

Microsoft have published a case study of the e-Petitioner system used by the Scottish Parliament.

The case study is here on the Microsoft website.

Key quotes:

Michael McMahon, convener of the Public Petitions Committee:

The Scottish Parliament didnít have the technological expertise to do this, while Napier University was already involved in teledemocracy.

George Reid, the Presiding Officer (speaker) of the Scottish Parliament:

We believe that politics is far too important these days to be left just to the politician and that greater engagement with citizens would not diminish representative government but rather strengthen it by stretching the public space.

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