Realising the Political Potential of Open Parliament Innovations: Lessons from the Brazilian Experience
About the Câmara dos Deputados of Brazil. Written on September, 2022
Open parliament innovations, encompassing a broad spectrum of digital tools designed to bolster citizen engagement in legislative processes, have emerged as a significant facet of modern democracies. The potential of these tools to foster inclusivity, transparency, and accountability is immense. However, successfully implementing these tools into traditional parliamentary structures and processes can be a daunting challenge, given the political implications and the resistance to change. Drawing insights from Brazil's journey with open parliament initiatives, this essay delves deeper into the strategies that can enhance the political viability of these innovations, thereby fostering a more participatory democracy.