Thick and Thin Participatory Mechanisms in the Legislative Process
Written on July, 2023
The legislative process has seen a seismic shift in recent years with the advent of various participatory mechanisms designed to engage citizens directly. These tools, which can be categorised into 'thick' and 'thin' forms of engagement, have been utilised globally to varying degrees of success. This essay will critically examine these two categories, their impact on the legislative process, and the necessity for an integrated approach. It will also explore specific case examples, such as open-source portals and e-petitions, to understand how these tools serve the broader objective of enhancing democratic participation.