Self-efficacy as a factor in the evaluation of e-petitions.

Cruickshank, Peter and Smith, Colin F (2009) Self-efficacy as a factor in the evaluation of e-petitions. In: Proceedings of EDEM 2009 - Conference on Electronic Democracy. Austrian Computer Society, Vienna, pp. 223-232. ISBN 978-3-85403-251-9

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E-petitions are seen as one response to a perceived decline in public trust of political institutions and the associated symptoms of disengagement. In this paper, some current research into epetitioning in Europe is reviewed, and the need to understand the context behind the expectations
and perceptions of external actors (citizens and petitioners) in the process is considered. Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) is presented as an approach which broadens the analysis beyond perceived outcomes and gives prominence to the concept of self-efficacy, and parallels are drawn with
citizens’ belief in their ability to successfully interact with the political system as a whole.

A diagram with an idealised flow is presented and used for consideration of the points at which evaluation data can be collected in this context.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-3-85403-251-9
Additional Information: Written as part of the EuroPetition project
Uncontrolled Keywords: eDemocracy; petitioning; digital democracy; e-participation; evaluation; self-efficacy; social cognition
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data > 005.4 Systems programming and programs > 005.43 Systems programs & operating systems > 005.437 User interfaces
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Library of Congress Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 3498
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2010 15:22
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 15:16

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