The Right to Petition

15-07-2015

At the request of the Petitions Committee, this study analyses the right to petition in the European Parliament, in Scotland and in the EU Member States, from a multi-disciplinary (historical, legal and political science) comparative perspective. An evaluation framework is proposed, with the aim of assessing how key characteristics of the different petition systems, related to the legal and institutional framework (conventional features and e-petitions) and to the main players behaviour (citizens, parliament and government), have an impact on the achievement of the goals of the right to petition, hereby enhancing its effectiveness.

At the request of the Petitions Committee, this study analyses the right to petition in the European Parliament, in Scotland and in the EU Member States, from a multi-disciplinary (historical, legal and political science) comparative perspective. An evaluation framework is proposed, with the aim of assessing how key characteristics of the different petition systems, related to the legal and institutional framework (conventional features and e-petitions) and to the main players behaviour (citizens, parliament and government), have an impact on the achievement of the goals of the right to petition, hereby enhancing its effectiveness.

Autore esterno

Mr Tiago TIBURCIO, Researcher at ISCTE / CIES - Lisbon University Institute