"The reason that people vest little importance in the electoral process is that the electoral process no longer determines the destiny of the nation. Human rights judges lay down school uniform policy; police chiefs decide whether the possession of cannabis should be treated as a criminal offence; customs officers decree how much tobacco we may buy; Eurocrats forbid us to buy and sell in pounds."
Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party
by J Norman et al
Interactive Democracy provides ample opportunity for people to reclaim democratic rights. The re-balancing of power that it affords creates an indirect pressure on officials to act in line with their communities wishes even without implementing the petition/parliament/referendum process.
You can download a copy of Direct Democracy here. It costs £1 and argues for changes in Conservative Party Policy.