Networked Participation in Election 2008, A Precusor to More Public Participation in Politics?

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  1. Orin Kerr says:

    Interestingly, the paper seems to assume that a legal decision that imposes a theoretical obligation will have a direct and profound positive impact with few if any unintended consequences. I think that’s an empirical question, though, and my sense is that our experience with similar court-imposed procedural obligations in areas like administrative law leave a lot of room for skepticism. Just my 2 cents, anyway.

  2. Karen Czapanskiy says:

    Thanks for your comment. Your concern about unintended consequences was something we considered deeply, particularly since the principal plaintiff in the South African case is an anti-abortion rights advocacy group and neither of us share that position. We also compare the ruling to the usual admin. law processes. We still concluded that the decision could lead to improving the political process through public participation. I look forward to hearing more from you after you’ve had a chance to read the paper.