Jane Mansbridge


Jane Mansbridge is the Adams Professor at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her first books, Beyond Adversary Democracy and Why We Lost the ERA, focused on the quality of deliberation first in small participatory democracies and second in social movements. She is also editor of Beyond Self-Interest, co-editor, with Susan Moller Okin, of Feminism, and co-editor, with Aldon Morris, of Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest. Mansbridge’s work on deliberative democracy includes “Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System,” in Steven Macedo, ed., Deliberative Politics 1999; “Deliberative and Non-Deliberative Negotiation,” HKS Working Paper 2009;, “The Place of Self-Interest and the Role of Power in Deliberative Democracy,” with eight co-authors, in the Journal of Political Philosophy. 2010; and “A Systemic Approach to Deliberative Democracy,” with seven co-authors, in Parkinson and Mansbridge, eds. Deliberative Systems, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Her work on representation includes “Should Blacks Represent Blacks and Women Represent Women? A Contingent Yes,” Journal of Politics 1999; “Rethinking Representation,” American Political Science Review 2003. “Clarifying Political Representation,” American Political Science Review 2011; “A Selection Model Approach to Political Representation,” Journal of Political Philosophy 2011; and “A Systemic Approach to Democratic Deliberation,” with James Bohman, Simone Chambers, Thomas Christiano, Archon Fung, John Parkinson, Dennis Thompson, and Mark Warren, in John Parkinson and Jane Mansbridge, eds., The Deliberative System, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.

As the winner of the APSA James Madison Award in 2011, she delivered the Madison Lecture “On the Importance of Getting Things Done,” P.S.: Political Science and Politics (2012) 45 (1): 1-8.

Mansbridge is also President-Elect of the Association in 2011-12 and will be president in 2012-13.

Jane Mansbridge in the Media:

On the Deliberative System at the Colloquium on “Le tournant délibératif. Bilan, critiques, perspectives” at the EHESS Paris 16 June 2011.

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