The influence of social networks and internet fora on the decision-making process of legislative assemblies

Public debate and the crystallization of the public decision is more and more taking place outside Parliament, while the parliamentary institution is progressively transformed into a sort of notary of positions already voiced and established outside its walls. This leads to a growing discrepancy between the formal decision-making process of legislative assemblies, on the one hand, and the formation of the institutional opinion ‘outside parliament’, through social media and other modern methods of public expression on the other.

The members of Parliament are themselves contributing to this development : they openly admit that these channels of expression are more visible and efficient in terms of popularity and political influence ; MP’s who are not on social networks are not visible and risk not to be reelected.

What attitude constitutional law should adopt vis-à-vis this evolution ?

Should it try to discourage them, adapt to them, or should it remain passive ?