Jane J. Mansbridge

Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
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Jane Mansbridge


Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, is the author of Beyond Adversary Democracy, an empirical and normative study of face-to-face democracy, and the award-winning Why We Lost the ERA, a study of anti-deliberative dynamics in social movements based on organizing for an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. She is also editor or coeditor of the volumes Beyond Self-Interest, Feminism,Oppositional Consciousness, Deliberative Systems, and Negotiating Agreement in Politics. She was President of the American Political Science Association in 2012-13.  Her current work includes studies of representation, democratic deliberation, everyday activism, and the public understanding of free-rider problems. 



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  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Mansbridge, Jane, with James Bohman, Simone Chambers, David Estlund, Andreas Føllesdal, Archon Fung, Christina Lafont, Bernard Manin, and José Luis Martí. "The Place of Self-Interest and the Role of Power in Deliberative Democracy." Journal of Political Philosophy 18.1 (March 2010): 64-100.
    • Mansbridge, Jane. "A 'Selection Model' of Political Representation." Journal of Political Philosophy 17.4 (December 2009): 369-398.
  • Book Chapters
    • Mansbridge, Jane. On the Free Rider Problem. The Future of Political Science: 100 Perspectives. Ed. Gary King, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Norman H. Nie. Routledge, 2009, 217-219.
  • Reviews
    • Mansbridge, Jane. "Deliberative Polling as the Gold Standard." Review of When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation, by James S. Fishkin. Good Society Journal, 19.1, 2010: 55-61.

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