Электронные петиции портала Российская общественная инициатива (2013-2017): о чем говорит динамика общественных приоритетов
The electronic petition portals that have appeared in the last ten years provide not only a new and very promising channel for political communication and political participation, but also an opportunity to study topics of public interest. The aim of this article was to study the thematic representation of citizens' interests in electronic petitions, their regional specificity and voting dynamics. In a study based on 9802 texts of electronic petitions published on the Russian Public Initiative portal from 2013 to 2018 topics of public interest, their dynamics and regional specifics are considered. Analysis of the texts of the petitions using thematic modeling revealed 14 main topics. An analysis of the inequality of the votes in support of petitions belonging to a topic, using the Ginny coefficient, showed a high inequality in distribution of votes. During the study, we run analysis of all petitions and petitions that received the highest support. The analysis showed the leading positions of the topics: “Legislation”, “Politics”, “Work” and the presence of regional features in the petitions submission. Three types of topics have been identified that demonstrate: stability, decline and growth of interest.