Realising Democracy Amid Communicative Plenty: A Deliberative Systems Approach

Realising Democracy Amid Communicative Plenty: A Deliberative Systems Approach 

Australian Research Council Discovery Project (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.


Project Members


Professor John DryzekCentenary Professor, ARC Laureate FellowView Profile
Dr Selen ErcanAssociate Professor of Politics & Academic Convener of Graduate Research ForumView Profile
Dr Paul FawcettDirector - Centre for Change Governance and Associate ProfessorView Profile
Dr Michael JensenSenior Research FellowView Profile