The Centre for the Study of Democracy is delighted to welcome Professor Archon Fung for a lecture and workshop on 'Democracy, the Digital and the Public Sphere with Archon Fung' on Thursday 25 April. The event is co-organized by the PSA Participatory and Deliberative Democracy specialist group.

Democracy, the Digital and the Public Sphere with Archon Fung event poster

The workshop will bring together different academics, democratic practitioners, and digital activists to discuss current issues of online politics. It will encourage a theoretically diverse and interdisciplinary conversation on the impact of an increasingly digitally mediated public sphere has on contemporary democracy. To what extent is the digital undermining or enhancing democratic expectations? What interventions could improve the democratic character of the public sphere?

The event will be structured around two panels and a keynote lecture by Archon Fung on “Democracy, Design, and the Digital Public Sphere” (a paper he is co-authoring with Joshua Cohen).

Archon Fung is Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research explores policies, practices, and institutional designs that deepen the quality of democratic governance, in particular, public participation, deliberation, and transparency. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project and leads democratic governance programs of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School. His books include Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency (Cambridge University Press, with Mary Graham and David Weil) and Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy (Princeton University Press).

This event is a collaboration of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy specialist group with friendly support of the Political Studies Association.

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