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17:30 - 19:00 20 March 2014

Are e-petitions the junk food of democracy?


AV Hill Lecture Theatre | Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

From change.org to the European Citizens Initiative, hundreds of thousands of people are signing e-petitions in support of causes or ideas. How much of a contribution do they make to democracy, though? Do they provide an easy way in to political engagement, or encourage a shallow and atomised politics? Are they a healthy snack or the junk food of democracy?

Anthony Zacharzewski set up the Democratic Society in 2006, which is a leading organisation supporting democracy and political participation. The Democratic Society undertakes projects that connect citizens and government in new ways. Current projects include working with the UK's National Health Service to create a new democratic governance structure, and creating a network of local civic activists in Sussex. The Democratic Society is the Government's civil society partner on Open Policy Making and Good Law.


Dimitrios Kraniotis
+44 (0)20 7679 4902 | d.kraniotis@ucl.ac.uk


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