Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance



The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance is the world-leading centre in the field of deliberative democracy. In February 2014, the Centre moved to IGPA at the University of Canberra, joining Australia’s largest concentration of scholars specialising in citizen-centric governance. 
The Centre was originally established at the Australian National University, where it was jointly hosted by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Asia and the Pacific.
 Over the past decade or more the Centre has hosted over 40 visiting scholars from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, produced 15 PhDs, published 12 books and over 100 journal articles, hosted eight international conferences and received nine large research grants and fellowships.

The Centre welcomes PhD students and visitors specialising in the theory, practice and empirical study of deliberative democracy. We have particular interests in global governance, democratization and environmental governance, and provide a home to social and political theorists, political scientists, ecological economists, social psychologists, and individuals from many other disciplinary backgrounds. [Read more here]

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Dr Quinlan BowmanPostdoctoral Research FellowView Profile
Dr Nicole CuratoARC Discovery Early Career Research FellowView Profile
Professor John DryzekCentenary Professor, ARC Laureate FellowView Profile
Dr Selen ErcanSenior Research Fellow in Political ScienceView Profile
Dr Jensen SassPostdoctoral FellowView Profile
Dr Ana TanasocaPostdoctoral FellowView Profile
Research Projects


Moral Disagreements: Philosophical and Practical Implications (2017-2018)

Project team: Richard Rowland (project leader), Selen Ercan, David Killoren, and Lucy Parry 

Widespread disagreement about moral issues is a salient feature of moral thought and discourse in contemporary pluralistic societies. This project explores the metaphysical, epistemological, and practical implications of moral disagreement and whether deep and fundamental moral disagreements can be overcome.

The project involves the world’s first deliberative poll on a fundamental moral issue. In deliberative polls a large number – at least 200 – people with different views on political and policy issues come together to deliberate about a particular policy issue (such as, for instance, whether we should focus on responses to crime other than imprisonment). Participants are given information about the issue in question that has been rigorously vetted to ensure its neutrality. They deliberate with one another in small and larger groups about the issue in question for 1-2 days. Before the deliberation participants are anonymously polled about the issue that they will subsequently deliberate about. They are then anonymously polled again after the deliberation. Over 70 deliberative polls have been conducted on different policy issues in 24 different countries. And significantly more convergence in the relevant views of participants has been found after the two days of deliberation than before the two days of deliberation. Although over 70 deliberative polls have been conducted there has yet to be one on fundamental moral issues; all the polls thus far have concerned issues of policy and the probable consequences of various policies rather than the moral desirability, or rightness or wrongness of particular outcomes. In collaboration with members of Stanford University’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Canberra University’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance this project will conduct the first deliberative polls on fundamental moral issues. These polls will shed light on whether deliberation can help to overcome deep moral disagreement.

Funding: Australian Catholic University



Project Team: John Dryzek, Selen Ercan, Lucy J. Parry, Nicole Curato and Jane Alver

In recent years, there has been a rapid development of participatory and democratic innovations around the world, with new channels of citizen engagement in politics often falling outside the realm of electoral representation and legislature. Participedia is an online, user-generated collaborative project documenting this growing compendium of participatory politics. It aims to map innovative processes as they develop in almost every country, and provide researchers and practitioners with accessible information, tools and good practice.

The Australian contingent of this project builds on the existing Australian catalogue and will provide robust, systematic and practical information on the variety of democratic innovations from all over Australia. The project aims to 1) comprehensively catalogue current and past participatory Australian political processes and 2) explore emergent themes and lessons from Australian cases 3) develop a future research agenda for learning across cases to provide systematic and practical advice for researchers and practitioners worldwide. These objectives feed into Participedia’s primary aims of mapping democratic innovations, explaining and assessing their contribution to democracy and most importantly, transferring this knowledge back into practice.

Funding:  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)


Understanding and Evaluating Deliberative Systems

Investigators: Andre Bachtiger, Nicole Curato, John Dryzek, Selen A. Ercan, Eda Keremoglu-Waibler, Simon Niemeyer and Kei Nishiyama

Research Assistant: Juliana Rocha

In recent years, deliberative democratic theory turned away from a focus on deliberation within small-scale forums, towards a focus on systems embracing multiple sites of deliberation and decision-making. The shift towards a systems approach enabled scholars to move beyond the limitations of focusing on mini-publics and other democratic innovations and instead think about the various ways in which deliberative activity is dispersed in various spaces of political action. The deliberative systems approach opens up a new way of thinking about deliberation, but also raises questions with respect to its practical applicaiton and empirical investigation. This project builds upon the existing joint projects of the project partners in this field and seeks to refine the methodological tools to empirically examine and compare the 'deliberative systems' in different political systems and across different policy areas. This project aims to: 1) develop a conceptual framework for assessing the deliberative democratic quality of contemporary political systems; 2) develop a mixed method (by combining the insights gained from qualitative and quantitative methods of analysing deliberation) 3) offer empirical applicaiton of these methods in the context of individual reserach projects of the project partners. 

Funding: DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service


Realising Democracy Amid Communicative Plenty: A Deliberative Systems Approach (2015-2018)

Investigators: John Dryzek, Selen A. Ercan, Paul Fawcett, Carolyn Hendriks and Michael Jensen

Research Assistants: Sonya Duus, Hedda Ransan-Cooper and Juliana Rocha

The ever-increasing volume of political communication (especially online) challenges democracy and effective policy making. This project examines whether, how, why, and to what effect discourse flows within and between different deliberative sites in the new politics of communicative plenty. We apply the idea of deliberative democracy, which puts meaningful communication between citizens and policy makers at the heart of effective governance. It develops a deliberative analysis of controversy surrounding coal seam gas in Australia, using qualitative and ‘big data techniques to collect information.

Funding: Australian Research Council


Deliberating in the Anthropocene (2015-2019)

Investigators: John Dryzek

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Jonathan Pickering

The Anthropocene is the emerging environmental epoch in which human activity is a major driver of a less stable and more chaotic Earth system, which can be contrasted with the unusual climatic stability of the past 10,000 years of the Holocene (in which human civilization arose). The implications are profound: for example we cannot so easily speak of  “restoration” ecology or environmental “preservation” because there is no going back to any ecological baseline. To date the response of social scientists has been limited, producing at most calls for strengthened global governance. This project explores the idea that a polycentric deliberative approach to the Anthropocene involving co-evolutionary relations between human and ecological systems may yield more effective governance than a top-down managerial approach. The project is both theoretical and empirical, with applications to the global governance of climate change, biological diversity, and ozone layer protection.

Funding: Australian Research Council – Laureate Fellowship


Deliberative Global Justice (2015-2019)

Investigators: John Dryzek

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Ana Tanasoca

This project develops an encounter between deliberative democracy and global justice, the two most prominent programs in political theory in the past decade and more, both now wrestling with problems that intersect in interesting ways as they encounter a recalcitrant global order. The two topics have become estranged in political theory, where democracy is treated as a matter of procedure, and justice a matter of substantive outcomes that cannot be guaranteed by any procedure. At the same time there is a widely-shared feeling among theorists that the two really do belong together. Amartya Sen argues that global justice requires democracy because in any real setting, multiple conceptions of justice can apply, and public reason will be needed to sort them out. Deliberative democracy can speak to this need. More importantly, without something like deliberative democracy, the standing of the agents necessary to put justice into practice is problematic, and the conditions of their interaction impoverished. This project combines political theory and an application to the post-2015 development agenda (the successor to the Millennium Development Goals).

Funding: Australian Research Council – Laureate Fellowship


Building back better: Participatory governance in a post-Haiyan World (2015-2018)

Investigator: Nicole Curato

'Building back better' has become a global mantra for countries recovering from disasters. This project aims to examine how this principle can be extended from rebuilding disaster-resilient physical infrastructure to rehabilitating institutions of participatory governance to ensure the inclusive and empowering character of recovery efforts. Through a multi-sited ethnography in cities worst hit by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, a theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded analytical toolkit that gauges the democratic quality of post-disaster reconstruction will be developed. The project aims to generate insights into the precise ways in which participatory governance can also be 'built better' in a post-Haiyan world.

Funding: Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Research Grant


Deliberative Cultures (2014-2019)

Investigator: John Dryzek

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Jensen Sass

Deliberative democracy is routinely seen as a normative model that emerged from the constitutional settings of Western liberal democracies and has since been used as a baseline to evaluate other political practices, whether in the global system or in non-Western societies. It is for this reason that the model is sometimes criticized for harbouring imperial ambitions. But deliberative practices are extremely widespread in human societies, not least because they manifest the universal competence to reason collectively. This implies an opening for a different relationship between Western political theory and non-Western polities, one where deliberation is both the medium of exchange and an object of normative and practical evaluation. This relationship would entail mutual dialogue about the preferred character of deliberation and its place within the governance structures of different societies. Forging this relationship is pressing within the Anthropocene, since the new forms of governance required to address climate change will involve people from radically different societies and cultures, people with varying ideas about the character of appropriate and effective forms of political communication and decision-making. The first step in the “deliberative cultures” research project thus entails surveying the many forms of deliberation seen across different social and political contexts, including the various roles they play and the conditions under which they flourish. To date a number of papers are in preparation which lay the conceptual compass that will guide future empirical work on this theme, and some preliminary surveys of the relevant anthropological and sociological literature have been undertaken. The next stage of the research will involve designing a comparative study of both informal and institutional deliberation seen in a number of Pacific Island nations, with a focus on deliberation concerning environmental change. An overarching aim of this study is to understand how different forms of deliberation are helping these nations adapt to the effects of climate change. 

Funding: Australian Research Council – Laureate Fellowship


Protests and Political Engagement (2013-2017)

Investigators: Selen A. Ercan (University of Canberra), Ricardo F. Mendonca, (Federal University of Minas Gerais), Umut Ozguc (University of New South Wales)

One particularly important event of the beginning of the 21st century has been undoubtedly the cycle of protests crossing frontiers throughout the globe. From Iceland to Hong Kong, and including Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, Greece, the USA, Turkey and Brazil, the recent protest movements were widely noticed due to their size, their transnational dimension and organizational logic. This project aims to study these protest movements with a particular focus on the way they were organized and carried out in Turkey and Brazil in 2013. By drawing on various streams of contemporary democratic theory, the project will investigate: i) the deliberative capacity of these protests; ii)  the interplay between conflict and consensus both in theory and practice ; iii) the role of social media and online engagement in the context of recent protests; iv) the symbolic disputes triggered by these protests and the discursive repertoires mobilized in protest performances; v) the type of collective and ‘connective’ action protests generate and their implications in terms of the constitution of political communities. 

Funding: Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil


The Deliberative Citizen: Who deliberates, when, why and how? (2014-2017)

Investigators: Julia Jennstål and Simon Niemeyer

The aim of this project is to systematically address foundational questions regarding the possibilities for improving deliberation in civil society by developing an understanding of the citizen and the factors — psychological, situational, personal, structural, etc. — that lead them to engage in political deliberation.

Funding: Swedish Research Council


Technologies of Humanitarianism: An Ethnographic Assessment of Communication Environments in Disaster Recovery and Humanitarian Intervention (2014-2015)

Investigators: Mirca Madianou, Nicole Curato, Jonathan Corpus Ong and Jayeel Cornelio

The proposed research aims to assess the uses and consequences of communication environments in the recovery and rehabilitation of populations affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in modern history. In particular, we investigate the uses of digital technologies and innovations such as mobile phones, SMS, crisis mapping and social media by directly affected populations and humanitarian organisations.

Funding: Economic and Social Research Council Urgency Grant.


Democracy in the Public Sphere: Achieving Deliberative Outcomes in Mass Publics (2009-2015)

Investigators: Simon Niemeyer, John Dryzek, Bob Goodin, André Bächtiger and Maija Setälä

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Nicole Curato

This project investigates the mechanisms and settings that facilitate the same deliberative outcomes achieved in small group deliberation among the wider population.

Funding: Australian Research Council – Discovery Project


Deliberative Democracy and Climate Change: Building the Foundations of an Adaptive System Future (2011-2015)

Investigator: Simon Niemeyer

This research seeks to develop an appropriate conception of deliberative democracy to identify those elements of democratic systems that impede the ability to identify and respond to the challenges posed by climate change and identify shortcomings in the theory of deliberative democracy and develop solutions. It does so using empirical evidence relating to the operation of deliberation in real world settings, including evidence from a sister ARC funded Discovery project on mechanisms for scaling up deliberation. As well as contributing to the theory of deliberative democracy and earth systems governance, the research will produce practical recommendations and contribute to public debate.

Funding: Australian Research Council – Future Fellowship



Rethinking Climate Justice in an Age of Adaptation: Capabilities, Local Variation, and Public Deliberation (2012-2014)

Investigators: David Schlosberg and Simon Niemeyer

This project aims to produce recommendations, designed by citizens and stakeholders, for climate adaptation policies in three regions of Australia. These recommendations will be based on a definition of climate justice that incorporates basic needs and resources to be protected, as identified by impacted communities.

Funding: Australian Research Council – Discovery Project


Deliberative Democratization in China (2011-2014)

Investigator: John Dryzek

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Beibei Tang

An innovative deliberative path to democratization may be especially applicable to China, where traditional paths involving constitutionalism and party competition are obstructed or problematic. China has however allowed substantial deliberative innovation at the local level, in part to help cope with the social and environmental dislocation attending rapid economic growth. The broader intent is to develop a generalizable approach to democratization, emphasizing deliberative capacity.

Funding: Australian Research Council - Federation Fellowship


The Deliberative Global Governance of Climate Change (2009-2014)

Investigator: John Dryzek

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Hayley Stevenson

Description: In taking deliberative democracy to the global level, no topic is more important than climate change. The idea is to map the key components of the global deliberative system for the governance of climate change, and assess how effectively they are working in deliberative terms. To the extent this proves to be a deliberative system in disrepair, we need to develop ideas for realistic reform of the system. The international system currently suffers from a severe democratic deficit, but any strengthening of democracy at international and global levels will almost certainly look very different from familiar models found in liberal democratic states.

Funding:  Australian Research Council - Federation Fellowship


Creating and Analysing the Australian Citizens’ Parliament (2008-2013) 

Investigators: John Dryzek, Lyn Carson, Simon Niemeyer, Janette Hartz-Karp, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, Ron Lubensky, Ian Marsh and John Gastil,

Post-Doctoral Fellows: Luisa Batalha and Nicole Curato

The pioneering Australian Citizens’ Parliament was held in February 2009 in Old Parliament House, Canberra. The participants were 150 ordinary Australians, selected by stratified random sampling, one from each federal electoral district. They deliberated the question ‘How can Australia’s political system be strengthened to serve us better?’ The project generated a mountain of quantitative and qualitative data which is now being analysed.

For more information click on this link to view a video of the process and a lecture about it

Funding: Australian Research Council - Linkage, and New Democracy Foundation


A Deliberative Global Citizens’ Assembly (2009-2012)

Investigators: John Dryzek, André Bächtiger, Karolina Milewicz and Alessandra Pecci

Description: Building on the successful Australian Citizens’ Parliament held in 2009, the idea is to explore the prospects for a global assembly composed of more or less randomly selected participants. This can be contrasted with existing proposals for a United Nations ParliamentaryAssembly, which rely upon problematic combinations of state-nominated participants and a tortuous path to global elections.

Funding: Australian Research Council - Federation Fellowship


Climate Change and the Public Sphere (2008 - 2011)

Investigators: Simon Niemeyer, Kersty Hobson, Will Steffen, Janette Lindesay, Brendan Mackey

This project develops an understanding of Australia’s response to climate change and ways to improve adaptation from a governance perspective. An interdisciplinary team will construct and use original climate change scenarios to assess public responses through interviews, survey methods, contrasting individual responses with results of deliberative forums and follow up interviews. Significant developments in methods and concepts and understanding of adaptation will have an international audience.It will produce a series of regionally specific scenarios, statement of likely responses and role of institutional design and policy in improving adaptation.

Funding: Australian Research Council - Discovery


Communication Across Difference in a Democracy: Australian Muslims and the Mainstream (2007-2014)

Investigators: Bora Kanra, John Dryzek, Selen A. Ercan and Alessandra Pecci

Australian Muslims have been at the centre of media attention particularly since September the 11th. Even though they comprise no more than 1,5 per cent of the total population, the debate on the compatibility of Islamic and Western values has been very prominent. To date, this debate has focused little attention on the attitudes of Australian Muslims and how they perceive themselves in relation to Western values. This gap, often filled by negative stereotypes, has a wide range of implications in the area of contemporary governance and public policy. This research project studies the relationship between Islamic communities in Australia and the wider society in the context of ideas about cultural difference and democracy. The degree to which Australian Muslims develop a sense of belonging and social responsibility towards mainstream society is directly linked to the level of their inclusion as well as participation in Australia's multicultural scheme. This project aims to contribute to the possibilities to foster a more productive social and political relationship between Australian Muslims and the mainstream. The empirical substance consists of interviews with both Muslims and non-Muslims, with a view to mapping and analysing discourses about difference and democracy in Australia. The knowledge generated can then be deployed to identify exactly how communication across difference can be promoted in this kind of case. The research is informed by a theoretical perspective that highlights the role of social learning in deliberation in a diverse and democratic society. The project studies both ordinary citizens and opinion leaders in Islamic and non-Islamic communities.

Funding: Australian Research Council - Discovery


Micropolitics of Deliberation (2005-2008)

Investigators: John Dryzek, Simon Niemeyer

Research Assistant: Selen A. Ercan

This project explores the nature of democratic deliberation with a view to improving theories of democracy and prospects for institutionalising the benefits ascribed to deliberative democracy. It aims to systematically address fundamental questions about what it means to deliberate using empirical investigation of actual deliberative process. The methods employed have been trialled with promising results and accepted as being consistent with normative deliberative theory. These involve both formal hypothesis testing and qualitative exploration of results to reveal insights about the process of deliberation. The findings will be used to re-examine theory and formulate recommendations for the instutionalisation of deliberative democracy in both Australian and international contexts.

Funding: Australian Research Council - Discovery


The Theory and Practice of Deliberative Democracy (2004-2007)

Investigators: John Dryzek, Robert Goodin, Christian Hunold, Carolyn Hendriks, and Aviezer Tucker

This project examined the relationship between deliberative innovations, especially citizen forums, and the larger political contexts in which they take place. Particular kinds of institutional innovation work out quite differently in different contexts. A comparative study of consensus conferences on genetically modified foods revealed sharp  differences between the roles such forums play in Denmark (where they are integrated into policy making), the United States (where they are advocacy inputs from the margins of policy making), and France (where they are managed from the top down). A broader survey of cases also revealed systematic differences between the relatively 'promethean' position that policy makers are constrained to take, and the more 'precautionary' conclusions reached by reflective publics, causing problems for the deliberative legitimation of risk-related policy via citizen forums. A close look at Germany enabled systematic comparison of the virtues and problems of forums made up of, respectively, partisan stakeholders and non-partisan lay citizens. Another broad survey of cases looked at the variety of ways in which citizen forums, or 'mini-publics', can have an impact in larger political systems. All these empirical results can help inform the development of deliberative democratic theory, as well as the practice of deliberative innovation.

Funding: Australian Research Council Discovery Grant

Recent Publications


Journal Articles

  • Ercan, S.A. (forthcoming). Engaging with extremism in a multicultural society: A deliberative democratic approach, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. 
  • Dryzek, J.S., & Pickering, J. (2017). Deliberation as a catalyst for reflexive environmental governance. Ecological Economics, 131, 353-360. [Read Here]
  • Pickering, J. and Mitchell, P. (2017). What Drives National Support for Multilateral Climate Finance? International and Domestic Influences on Australia's Shifting Stance. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17(1), 107-125. [Read Here]
  • Parry, L.J. (2017), Don’t put all your speech-acts in one basket: situating animal activism in the deliberative system, Environmental Values, 26(4). [Read Here]


Journal Articles

  • Dryzek, J.S. (Forthcoming) The Forum, the System, and the Polity: Three Varieties of Democratic Theory, Political Theory. [Read Here]

  • Curato, N., Dryzek, J., Ercan, S.A., Hendriks, C.M. and Niemeyer, S. (forthcoming), Twelve key findings in deliberative democracy research, Daedalus. [Read Here]

  • Kuyper, J., & Dryzek, J.S. (2016), Real not Nominal Global Democracy: A Response to Keohane, International Journal of Constitutional Law, 14(4), 930-7. [Read Here]

  • Ercan, S.A, and Dzur, A.W. (2016), Interview: Participatory democracy in unlikely places: What democratic theorists can learn from democratic professionals, Democratic Theory, 3(2), 94-113. [Read Here]

  • Crosbie, T. and Sass, J. (2016) Scandal as Governance? Eradicating Sexual Abuse in the U.S. Military. Politics, 37(2), 117-133.

  • Elstub, S., Ercan, S. A., and Mendonca, R. (2016). Special Symposium Issue: Deliberative Systems: Prospects and Problems. Critical Policy Studies. 

  • Curato, N. (2016) We haven’t even buried the dead yet. Ethics of Discursive Contestation in a Crisis Situation. Current Sociology. [Read Here]

  • Tanasoca, A. (2016). Investor citizenship: neomedieval not just neoliberal?. European Journal of Sociology. Archives Européennes de Sociologie, 57(1), 169-195. [Read Here]

  • Dryzek, J.S. (2016). Reflections on the Theory of Deliberative Systems, Critical Policy Studies,10(2), 209-215.

  • Elstub, S., Ercan, S.A. and Mendonca, R. (2016), The fourth generation of deliberative democracy, Critical Policy Studies, 10(2), 139-151. [Read Here]

  • Boswell, J., Ercan, S. A., and Hendriks, C. (2016). Message received? Examining transmission in deliberative systems. Critical Policy Studies, 1-28. [Read Here]

  • Dryzek, J.S. (2016) Can there be a Human Right to an Essentially Contested Concept? The Case of Democracy, Journal of Politics 78(2), 357-67

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2016) Institutions for the Anthropocene: Governance in a Changing Earth System. British Journal of Political Science 46(4), 937-56

  • Hendriks, C.M, Duus, S. and Ercan, S.A. (2016) Performing Politics on Social Media: the Dramaturgy of an Environmental Controversy in Facebook. Environmental Politics (accepted for publication on 3 May 2016)

  • Curato, N. and Boeker, M. (2016) Linking Mini-Publics to the Deliberative System: A Research Agenda. Policy Sciences, 49(2), 173-190

  • Ercan, S. A. (2016). From polarisation to pluralisation. A deliberative democratic approach to illiberal cultures, International Political Science Review (Online version). [Read Here]

  • Schirmer, J. and Dare, L., and Ercan, S. A. (2016). Deliberative democracy and the Tasmanian Forest Peace Process. Australian Journal of Political Science, 1-20. [Read Here]

Book Chapters

  • Dryzek, J.S. (2016) Deliberative Policy Analysis, in Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans, eds., Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences: Methods that Matter. Bristol: Policy Press.

  • Parry, L.J. (2016) Deliberative democracy and animals: not-so-strange bedfellows in Garner, R. & O’Sullivan, S. (2016) Eds. The Political Turn in Animal Ethics, London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

  • Ercan, S. A. and Marsh, D. (2016). Qualitative methods in Political Science. In Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science, Edgar Elgar Publishing. [Read Here]
  • Curato, N., Ong, J., and Longboan, L. (Forthcoming) Protest as Interruption of the Disaster Imaginary Overcoming Voice-Denying Rationalities in Post-Haiyan Philippines in Rovisco M. and Ong, J. (eds) Taking the Square: Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space. London: Rowman and Littlefield. 
  • Pickering, J. (2016) Moral Language in Climate Politics. In: Roser, D. & Heyward, C. (eds.) Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2016). Global Environmental Governance. The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory, eds. Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, John M. Meyer, and David Schlosberg, 533-544. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Nishiyama, K. (2016). Questions about School & Society: Who/What Can Judge between Right/Wrong? (and other 8 essays). In Yohsuke Tsuchiya. ed. Kokoro no Nazotoki Vol.1-3 (Eng: Quest for the Sense of Wonder). Tokyo: Seibido: 26-29. [written in Japanese]

Conference Presentations

  • Alver, J. (2016) Innovation and Design Ideas to Capture Community Voice and Vision, ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) Conference on ‘Citizen Voice, Community Vision’ 4-5 August 2016, Canberra (invited speaker).  


Journal Articles

  • Pickering, J, F Jotzo and PJ Wood (2015), Sharing the global climate finance effort fairly with limited coordination. Global Environmental Politics, 15(4), 39-62. [Read Here]

  • Ercan, S. A., Hendriks, C. and Boswell, J. (2015). Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: The crucial role for interpretive research, Policy and Politics (Online version). [Read Here]

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Democratic Agents of Justice, Journal of Political Philosophy 23(4) (2015), 361-84.
  • Nishiyama, K. (2015). Philosophy Which Expands to Others: On Private and Public Aspect of “Philosophizing”. The Annuals of Graduate School of Education at Rikkyo University, 13, 41-59.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Deliberative Engagement: the Forum in the System. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 5(4), 750-4.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Deliberative Democratization: A Framework for Systemic Analysis. Policy Studies 36(3), 298-313 (with Ian O'Flynn).
  • Ercan, S. A. and Dryzek, J. (2015).  The Special Issue: The Sites of Deliberative Democracy, Policy Studies 36, 3. [Read Here]

  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Creating and Sustaining Evidence for "Failed Multiculturalism": The Case of ‘Honour Killing’ in Germany, American Behavioral Scientist, 59(6), 658-678. [Read Here]

  • Ercan, S. A. and Mendonca, R. (2015). Protest and Deliberation: Strange Bedfellows? Revealing the Deliberative Potential of 2013 Protests in Turkey and Brazil. Policy Studies. [Read Here]
  • Curato, N. (2015). Improving Deliberative Participation: Connecting Mini-Publics to Deliberative Systems. European Political Science Review (with Felicetti, A. and Niemeyer, S.).
  • Curato, N. (2015). Deliberative Capacity as Indicator of Democratic Quality: The Case of the Philippines. International Political Science Review, 36(1), 99-116.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Inclusion as Deliberative Agency: The Selective Representation of Poor Women in Debates and Documentaries about Reproductive Health. Television and New Media, 16(6):576-594 (with Corpus Ong, J.).
  • Ercan, S. A. and Dryzek, J. S. (2015). The reach of deliberative democracy. Policy Studies 36(3), 241-48. [Read Here]
  • Ercan, S. A.  and Dryzek, J. (2015). Conclusion: The reach of deliberative democracy. Policy Studies 36(3), 359-61. [Read Here]
  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Creating and Sustaining Evidence for "Failed Multiculturalism": The Case of ‘Honour Killing in Germany. American Behavioural Scientist. 
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Reason and Rhetoric in Climate Communication. Environmental Politics, 24, 1-16. (with and Lo, A. Y.).
  • Curato, N. (2015). Disasters can lift veils: Five Issues for Sociological Disaster Studies. Philippine Sociological Review 63(S1),1-26.


  • Pickering, J. (2015). Making Development Co-operation Fit for Future: A Survey of Partner Countries. Paris: OECD Publishing. (with Davies, R.).

Books Chapters

  • Pickering, J. (2015). Top-down Proposals for Sharing the Global Climate Policy Effort Fairly: Lost in Translation in a Bottom-up World?  In Breakey, H., Popovski, V. and Maguireeds, R., eds, Ethical Values and the Integrity of the Climate Change Regime, Aldershot, Ashgate, pp. 89-104.
  • Mendonca, R. and Ercan, S. A. (2015). Deliberation and Protest: Revealing the deliberative potential of protest movements in Turkey and Brazil.  In Fischer, F. et al (eds.), Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, Edward Elgar Publishing. 
  • Mendonca, R. and Ercan, S. A. (2015), Chapter 11: Deliberation and protest: revealing the deliberative potential of protest movements in Turkey and Brazil. In Fischer. F., Torgerson, D., Durnova, A. and Orsini, M. eds, Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, UK, Edawrd Elgar, pp. 205-221

  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Democratizing identity politics: A Deliberative Approach to the Politics of Recognition In: Gozdecka D. and Kmak, M. (eds.) Europe at the Edge of Pluralism, Benelux: Intersentia, pp.11-26.
  • Gozdecka, D. and Ercan, S. A. (2015). What is Post-multiculturalism? In: Gozdecka D. and M. Kmak (eds.) Europe at the Edge of Pluralism, Benelux: Intersentia, pp. 27-41. 
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Global Environmental Governance, 533-44 in Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, John M. Meyer, and David Schlosberg, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Conference Papers

  • Curato, N. (2015). Voice of Care and Voice of Justice: Public Deliberation in a State of Exception, Paper presentation at Democracy: A Citizens’ Perspective at the Abo Akademi, 26-27 May.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Final Report: Humanitarian Technologies Project, End of grant presentation at Goldsmiths-University of London, 24 June.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Building Back Better: Participatory Governance in a Post-Haiyan World. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, 3-6 September.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Deliberative Democratic Assessment: What contributes to deliberative democratisation?. Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Canberra, 27-30 September (with Niemeyer, S.).
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Deliberative World, plenary lecture. Political Studies Association (UK). 30 March.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Do People Get the Government They Deserve? The 2015 Don Aitkin Lecture. 22 September.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Beyond Expression: Realising Public Deliberation in an Era of Communicative Plenty. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, 3-6 September (with Hendriks, C. and Dryzek J.).
  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Performing Environmental Politics Online: The Dramaturgy of a Coal Seam Gas Controversy. Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Canberra, 27-30 September (with Hendriks, C. and Duus, S.).
  • Nishiyama, K. (2015). Children in the Deliberative System presented at The Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association, University of Canberra, 27-30 September.
  • Pickering, J. (2015). How should aid agencies evolve? Perspectives from developing countries. Australasian Aid Conference, ANU (with Davies, R.).
  • Pickering, J. (2015). Moral language in climate politics and Contesting the framing of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. International Studies Association (ISA) Convention, New Orleans.
  • Pickering, J. (2015). Socialism masquerading as environmentalism? The contested politics of international climate change finance in Australia. Australian Political Studies Association conference, University of Canberra. (with Mitchell, P.).
  • Tanasoca, A. (2015). Sharing the benefits, as well as the costs, of climate change. ECPR General Conference, Montreal, University of Montreal, 26–29 August.


  • Tanasoca, A. (2015). Distributing some, but not all, rights of citizenship according to ius sanguinis, in C. Dumbrava and R. Bauböck (eds), Bloodlines and Belonging. Time to Abandon Jus Sanguinis? RSCAS 2015/80 (San Domenico di Fiesole: European University Institute), pp. 39-42.



  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Democratizing Global Climate Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (with Stevenson, H.).

Journal Articles

  • Tanasoca, A. (2014). Double Voting. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 92(4), 743-758. (with Goodin, R. E.).
  • Tanasoca, A. (2014). Double Taxation, Multiple Citizenship, and Global Inequality. Moral Philosophy and Politics, 1(1), 147-169.
  • Curato, N. (2014). Participation without deliberation: The crisis of Venezuelan democracy. Journal of Democratic Theory, 1(2), 113-121
  • Sass, J. and Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Deliberative Cultures. Political Theory 42, 3-25.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Muslims and the Mainstream in Australia: Polarization or Engagement?. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40, 1236-53. (with and Kanra, B.).
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Australian Muslims’ Orientations to Secular Society: Empirical Exploration of Theoretical Classifications, Journal of Sociology 50, 182-98. (with Kanra, B.)
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). The Continuing Search for Deliberation and Participation in China. Journal of Chinese Political Science 19, 109-114. (with Tang, B.).
  • Nishiyama, K. (2014). Some Models of Deliberation in Deliberative System: Public Reason, Difference Communications, and Democratic Iterations. The Annuals of Graduate School of Education at Rikkyo University, 10, 29-41.
  • Pickering, J. (2014). Acting on climate finance pledges: Inter-agency dynamics and relationships with aid in contributor states. World Development, 68, 149-162. (with J Skovgaard, S Kim, J Timmons Roberts, D Rossati, M Stadelmann and H Reich)
  • Ercan, S. A.  and Gagnon, J-P. (2014). Special Symposium Issue: Crisis of Democracy: Which Crisis? Which Democracy?. Democratic Theory, 1, (2), 1-10. [Read Here]
  • Gozdecka, D.,Ercan, S. A. and Kmak, M. (2014). From Multiculturalism to Post-multicuturalism: Trends and Paradoxes. Journal of Sociology (50), 51-64. [Read Here]
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Introduction: The Continuing Search for Deliberation and Participation in China. Journal of Chinese Political Science: 1-6. 
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2014). A Defence of (Deliberative) Democracy in the Anthropocene. Ethical Perspectives 21(1), 15–45.
  • Ercan, S.A. (2014). Deliberative Democracy. In Phillips, D., ed., Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, Los Angeles, SAGE, 214-218
  • Ercan, S.A. (2014). Same Problem, Different Solutions: The Case of ‘Honour Killing’ in Germany and Britain. In Gill, A., Roberts, K. and Strange, C. (eds.) ‘Honour’ Killing and Violence. Theory, Policy and Practice. London, Palgrave Macmillan,199-217. [Read Here]

Book Chapters

  • Pickering, J. (2014). International cooperation on adaptation to climate change, In a Markandya, I Galarraga and E Sainz de Murieta (eds), Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation. (with Rübbelke, D.).
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Same Problem, Different Solutions: The Case of ‘Honour Killing’ in Germany and Britain, in: A. Gill, C. Strange and K. Roberts (eds.) ‘Honour’ Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy and Practice, London: Palgrave Macmillan: 199-217.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Deliberative democracy in: Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, Denis Phillips (ed.) Los Angeles: Sage, 214-217.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Deliberative Democracy and Environmental Governance, 285-96 in Morgan C.T. Huang and Richard R.-C. Hwang, eds, Green Thoughts and Environmental Politics. Taipei: L&B Asiaworld, 2014.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Twists of Democratic Governance, 101-116 in Jean-Paul Gagnon, Democratic Theorists in Conversation: Turns in Contemporary Thought. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 (interview).
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Global Deliberative Democracy, 76-79 in Jean-Frédéric Morin and Amandine Orsini, eds., Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance. Abingdon: Earthscan/Routledge, 2014.

Conference Papers

  • Sanchez, E. (2014). Bangsamoro, Ancestral Domain, and the Politics of Scale. Student paper presented at the Workshop-Masterclass on Constructing and Confronting the ‘Environmental Crisis’ in the 21st Century, Melbourne University, Parkville, VIC Australia.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Counterpublics as ‘Interconnectors’ of a Deliberative System to be presented at ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, 3-6 September.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Deliberation and Protest- Still Strange Bedfellows? Revealing the Deliberative Potential of Recent Protests in Brazil and Turkey (with Mendonca, R.), to be presented at the American Political Science Association Conference, Washington, DC, 28-31 August.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Communicating Community: The Enactment of Political Solidarity online during the 2013 Turkish Protests (with Jensen, M.). Public Policy Network Conference, University of Canberra, 30-31 January.
  • Felicetti, A. (2014). Radicals without Rebellion?. Paper delivered at ‘64th Annual International Conference Political Studies Association’, Manchester (UK), 14-16 April.
  • Felicetti, A., Niemeyer, S. J. and Curato, N. (2014). Enhancing Deliberative Participation. Paper delivered at ‘ECPR Joint Workshops Session’, Salamanca (Spain), 10-14 April.
  • Sanchez, E. (2014). The peace process in Muslim Mindanao: contested relational histories, identities, and nationalism. Presented at the International Philippine Studies Conference on Exchange and Change: The Philippines and Filipinos in the World, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT Australia.
  • Sanchez, E. (2014). Power, Small Wars, and a Smaller Minority. Presented at the Institute of Australian Geographers and the New Zealand Geographical Society Joint Conference, Melbourne University, Parkville, VIC Australia.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Deliberative Democracy in: Denis Phillips (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, Los Angles: Sage (in press).



  • Dryzek, J. S. (2013). Climate-Challenged Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (with Norgaard, R. B., and Schlosberg, D.)

Book Chapter

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2013). Democratizing the Global Climate Regime, 232-47 in Chris Methmann, Delf Rothe, and Benjamin Stephan, eds., Interpretive Approaches to Global Climate Governance: (De) Constructing the Greenhouse. London: Routledge (with Stevenson, H.)
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2013). Changing Orientations to Australian Democracy, 132-45 in Lyn Carson, John Gastil, Janette Hartz-Karp, and Ron Lubensky, Eds., The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. (with Niemeyer, S. and Batalha, L.)

Journal Articles

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2013). The Deliberative Democrat’s Idea of Justice. European Journal of Political Theory 12, 329-46.
  • Duus, S. (2013). Coal contestations: Learning from a long, broad view. Rural Society, 22(2), 96-110.
  • Curato, N. (2013). Reaching out to overcome political apathy: Building participatory capacity through deliberative engagement.  Politics and Policy, 41(3), 355-383 (with Simon Niemeyer).
  • Curato, N. (2013). Classical Reading of Classical Sociological Theory.  Philippine Sociological Review 61(S1), 265-288.
  • Nishiyama, K. (2013). What is the ‘Pushing for Depth’ in the Dialogue of ‘Philosophy for Children’?.  The Annuals of Graduate School of Education at Rikkyo University, 9, 19-33.
  • Dyzek, J. S. (2013). The Deliberative Democrat’s Idea of Justice. European Journal of Political Theory 12, 329-46.
  • Ercan, S. A. and Hendriks, C. M. (2013). The Democratic Challenges and Potential of Localism. Insights from Deliberative Democracy. Policy Studies 34(4), 422-40. [Read Here]
  • Curato, N., Niemeyer, S. and Dyzek, J. S. (2013). Appreciative and Contestatory Inquiry in Deliberative Forums: Can Group Hugs be Dangerous?. Critical Policy Studies 7, 1-17.
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). On the Use of Imagery for Climate Change Engagement. Global Environmental Change 23(2), 413–421. (with O'Neil, S., Boykoff, M. T., and Day, S. A.).
  • Niemeyer, S. J., Ercan, S. A. and HartzKarp, J. (2013). Understanding Deliberative Citizens: The Application of Q Methodology to Deliberation on Policy Issues. Operant Subjectivity, 36(2), 114-34. [Read Here]
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). Democracy and Climate Change: What Can Deliberative Democracy Contribute?. Australian Journal of Politics and History 59(3), 430-449.
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). What Do Climate Sceptics Believe? Discourses of Scepticism and their Response to Deliberation. Public Understanding of Science 22(4), 396-412 (with Hobson, K. P.).
  • Curato, N. and Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). Reaching out to Overcome Political Apathy: Building Participatory Capacity through Deliberative Engagement. Politics & Policy 41(3),  355–383.
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). Julia Gillard's Citizens' Assembly Proposal for Australia: A Deliberative Democratic Analysis. Australian Journal of Political Science 48(2),  164–178 (with Boswell, J., and Hendricks, C. M.).
  • Felicetti, A. (2013). Localism and the Transition Movement. Policy Studies, 34(5-6), 559–574.

Book Chapters

  • Felicetti, A. (2013). Speaking Together: Giving Voice to Collective Identities. In The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy, edited by L. Carson, Gastil, J., Hartz-Karp, J., & Lubensky, R. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. (with Gastil, J., Hartz-Karp, J. and Carson, L.).
  • Felicetti, A. (2013). Becoming Australian: Forging a National Identity.  In The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy, edited by L. Carson, Gastil, J., Hartz-Karp, J., & Lubensky, R. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press (with Hartz-Karp, J., Anderson, P., Gastil, J.).

Conference Papers

  • Felicetti, A. (2013). Community Groups from a Deliberative Democratic Perspective. A Comparative Analysis of Two Italian Transitions. Paper delivered at ‘ECPR General Conference’, Bordeaux (France), 4 – 7 September.
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). Provisional Report - Analysis of the Citizens’ Initiative Review. Working Paper. The Australian National University, Canberra. (with Felicetti, A. and Di Ruggero, O.).
  • Schirmer, J., Dare, L., and Ercan, S. A. (2013). The Tasmanian Forest Agreement: A Critique from a Deliberative Democracy. Lens Australian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Perth, 30 September- 2 October.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2013). A Deliberative Systems Approach to Conflicts of Culture. American Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, 29 August- 1 September.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2013). Understanding Deliberative Systems in Practice: The Crucial Role for Interpretive Research. American Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, 29 August- 1 September (with C. Hendriks and J. Boswell).
  • Ercan, S. A. (2013). Old Wine in a New Bottle? A Critical Assessment of Post-multiculturalist Tendencies ‘Migration and Multiculturalism: Policy Lessons from Europe and Australia. Australian National University, Canberra, 8 March.


  • Peter Harteloh. (2013). Philosophical Walks. Annual Report of the Department of Education. (Translated by Nishiyama, K. and Watanabe, A.). Vol.57. pp107-14.


Book Chapter

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). Fostering Deliberation in the Forum and Beyond. 31-57 in Frank Fischer and Herbert Gottweis, eds., The Argumentative Turn Revisited: Public Policy as Communicative Practice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press (with Hendriks, C. M.).

Journal Articles

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). Global Civil Society: The Progress of Post-Westphalian Politics. Annual Review of Political Science 15, 101-19.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). The Legitimacy of Multilateral Climate Governance: A Deliberative Democratic Approach. Critical Policy Studies 6, 1-18.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). The Discursive Democratization of Global Climate Governance. Environmental Politics 21, 189-210 (with Stevenson, H.).
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). Vers un système délibératif mondial? Entretien avec John Dryzek (Charles Girard, Julien Talpin, and Sezin Topçu). Participations 2, 167-80.
  • Pickering, J. (2012). On the concept of climate debt: Its moral and political value. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 15(5), 667-685. (with Barry, C.).
  • Pickering, J. (2012). If equity’s in, we're out: Scope for fairness in the next global climate agreement. Ethics and International Affairs, 26(4), 423-443 (with Vanderheiden, S. and Miller, S.).
  • Kanra, B., and Ercan, S. A. (2012). Negotiating Difference in a Muslim society: A Longitudinal Study of Islamic and Secular Discourses in the Turkish Public Sphere. Digest of Middle East Studies, 21(1), 69-88. [Read Here]
  • Felicetti, A. (2012). Collective Identity and Voice at the Australian Citizens' Parliament. Journal of Public Deliberation 8(1), 5. (Gastil, J., Hartz-Karp, J. and Carson, L.).
  • Curato, N. (2012). A Sequential Analysis of Democratic Deliberation. Acta Politica, 47(4), 423-442.
  • Curato, N. (2012). Respondents as Interlocutors: Translating Deliberative Democratic Principles to Qualitative Interviewing Ethics. Qualitative Inquiry, 18(7), 7 571- 582.

Conference Papers

  • Felicetti, A. (2012). Deliberative Capacity in Context, paper delivered at ‘Deliberative Democracy in Action: Theory, Practice, and Evidence’ Conference, the Social Science Research Institute at Åbo Accademi, Turku (Finland). 5 – 7 June. 
  • Ercan, S. A. (2012). From Polarisation to Pluralisation: A Deliberative Democratic Approach to ‘Illiberal’ Cultural Practices. IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Madrid, 8-12 July.


  • Nishiyama, K. (2012). Doing Philosophy in The Library: Philo-Café at Iwaki-city (Fukushima). St. Paul’s Librarian. Vol.27. pp.95-6.