Can Digital Democracy Work?
The European Citizens' Initiative has been effective since April this year and it, along with other initiatives such as the petitions system of the Houses of Parliament, is creating a new layer of direct influence by citizens on the legislative agenda.
But what does this really change? Are the institutions ready for the sort of challenge this could bring? Are these processes representative, and do they need legal substance? And what does the machinery of digital citizenship mean for the relationship between governments and citizens and what are their obligations to each other in this emerging world?