Articles by Rikki Dean

January 14, 2022

🦋 Untangling description, deception and denunciation: a linguistic twist to the Science of Democracy

Rikki Dean
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
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Rikki Dean
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.

In 2015 he was a Visiting Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance, and in 2022 is a Visiting Researcher at CEVIPOL, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

He holds a PhD and an MSc from the London School of Economics, where his research focused on participatory innovations in the social policy process.

His PhD Thesis, Democratising Bureaucracy, received the LSE’s Richard Titmuss Prize for Outstanding Scholarship.

Rikki also holds a BA in Philosophy and Literature and MA in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex.

He tweets @Rikki_Dean

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