Master Classes: Wednesday, 30th June

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AHRC-sponsored master classes in the LSE Choice Group

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John Dryzek (ANU)

"Deliberative Democracy"

John Dryzek is Professor of Political Science and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, former Head of the Departments of Political Science at the Universities of Oregon and Melbourne and the Social and Political Theory program at ANU, and former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science.

Working in both political theory and empirical social science, he is best known for his contributions in the areas of democratic theory and practice and environmental politics. One of the instigators of the 'deliberative turn' in democratic theory, he has published four books in this area with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Polity Press. His work in environmental politics ranges from green political philosophy to studies of environmental discourses and movements, and he has published three books in this area with Oxford University Press and Basil Blackwell.

He has also worked on comparative studies of democratization, post-positivist public policy analysis, and the history and philosophy of social science. His Federation Fellowship funds work on deliberative global governance (with special reference to climate change) and democratization interpreted in deliberative terms (with special reference to East Asia).


Wednesday, 30 June (Venue: T206, Lakatos Building)

 13.30 – 15.00 The deliberative system

This will look at a macro-systemic approach to deliberative democracy. It will discuss Mansbridge, Parkinson, Hendriks, Goodin, and Dryzek's own recent work on this, with applications to public policy, comparative politics, and international relations.

 16.00 – 17.30 Revisiting the foundations of deliberative democracy

This will be based on the first half of his forthcoming OUP book, "Foundations and Frontiers of Deliberative Governance". The concepts covered include:

  • Legitimacy
  • Representation
  • Communication
  • (Meta)Consensus

Master class readings

Session 1

John S. Dryzek, 'Democratization as Deliberative Capacity Building', COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES 2009.

Carolyn Hendriks, 'Integrated Deliberation: Reconciling Civil Society's Dual Role in Deliberative Democracy', POLITICAL STUDIES 2006.

Session 2

John S. Dryzek and Simon Niemeyer, 'Discursive Representation', AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 2008.

Christian List, 'Two Concepts of Agreement', THE GOOD SOCIETY 2002.


Please register by sending an email to e.p.senchaudhuri @

Further Information

The master classes are organized by the LSE Choice Group and sponsored by the AHRC. The LSE Choice Group| is a group of people based for the most part at the LSE with a shared interest in the theory of rational decision making in individuals and groups and its application to economic, political and social questions. We hold regular seminars on Wednesday afternoons from 17-30 to 19-00 in T206 (2nd floor, Lakatos Building, Portugal Street. Please email c.heilmann @ if you are interested in regular updates on seminars and events.


The LSE Choice Group is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and the AHRC|: