The right to petition is an instrument of popular participation whereby citizens are allowed to apply to an authority for the purpose of representing certain needs or to seek the adoption of specific actions. While widely regarded as obsolete in current legal theory and rarely applied in the national legal system, it is once again gaining momentum thanks to the second “wave” of Regional Statutes and the greater autonomy of regional legislators, providing for a wide range of applications. The analysis of regional regulations indicates that the right to petition has also found new applications that have turned it into an effective instrument to ensure communication between civil society and regional institutions
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