What Predicts Government Responsiveness: A Study of the E-Petition Platform in Taiwan
After the 2014 Sunflower student movement in Taiwan, our government began to be aware the urge of communicating with the civil society. A platform named “Join Platform” was launched as a form of e-petition to encourage people to propose or express their opinions on public policies. However, while the concept of this platform is creative and aligned with the open government initiative, there is a lack of empirical study investigating how and to what extent the government responded to citizens’ online petition. This paper uses open archival data on the Join Platform and collects 156 cases between September 2015 and December 2018 that have passed the threshold of being reached 5000 citizen signatures and required government responses. Findings of this study aims to explore factors that determines government’s responses, as well as have deeper dialogue with literature of government responsiveness in the area of public administration.