Participation & Deliberation in Democratic Governance

My research and teaching aim to understand how participation, deliberation and transparency can make contemporary public governance more fair and effective. On this site, you can take a look at what innovative citizens, officials, and reformers are doing to improve public education, policing, public services, the condition of the environment in America and abroad.

These ideas of participation and deliberation seem straightforward, but they are complex, even daunting, in both theory and practice. But the real virtues of democracy shine when citizens and leaders figure out how to practice democracy more effectively in their own corners of social and political life.

Citizen Science

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Recent Writing

“Technology for Democracy in Development: Lessons from Seven Case Studies” in Patrick Heller and Vijayendra Rao eds. Deliberation and Development: Rethinking the Role of Voice and Collective Action in Unequal Societies (Washington, D.C.: World Bank Press: 2015): 229-236. With Hollie Russon Gilman and Jennifer Shkabatur.

How Much Disagreement is Good for Democratic DeliberationPolitical Communication (May 2015) with Kevin Esterling and Taeku Lee.

"Viral Engagement" with Jennifer Shkabatur in From Voice to Influence, ed. Danielle Allen and Jennifer Light (U Chicago, 2015)

Putting the Public Back Into Governance” in Public Administration Review (2015)

Does Transparency Improve GovernanceAnnual Review of Political Science with Stephen Kosack (2014)

The Principle of Affected Interests and Inclusion in Democratic Governance” (2013)

"Targeting Transparency" Science Magazine (2013) with David Weil and Mary Graham.

"Infotopia: Unleashing the Democratic Power of Transparency" (2013)

"Six Models of Internet + Politics" with Hollie Russon Gilman and Jennifer Shkabatur (2013)

"Continuous Institutional Innovation and the Pragmatic Conception of Democracy" Polity (Oct. 2012)

"Reinventing Democracy in Latin America" Perspectives in Politics (Dec. 2011)

"The Participedia Project: An Introduction" International Journal of Public Management (Dec. 2011)