Jean-Paul Gagnon has amassed over 4,000 ‘linguistic artefacts’ into a data mountain of descriptions of democracy. Yet, notes Rikki Dean, a sustained consideration of these linguistic artefacts as language is missing from his Science of Democracy and its responses. Words do not only describe, they also deceive and denounce
Postdoctoral Fellow, Democratic Innovations / Johanna Quandt Young Academy Fellow, Goethe University Frankfurt
Rikki’s research combines democratic theory, public administration theory and empirical social science to understand issues in participatory governance.
His current work is focused on: developing a systemic conception of democracy; evaluating participatory governance projects; understanding the opportunities for democratic innovation represented by new online technologies; and analysing preferences for democratic governance.
Previously, he taught social policy at the London School of Economics and Democratic Innovations at the University of Westminster.
He has worked on research projects for LSE, Oxford University, University of Manchester, University of Birmingham and University of Westminster.