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Research interests

Rod’s work focuses on democratic theory and practice, particularly participatory and deliberative democracy.  He has published work on areas including citizen participation in democracy, democratic reform and the role played by voluntary organisations in shaping and delivering public services. His latest book, ‘Rethinking Civic Participation in Theory and Practice (Palgrave) investigates the relationship between participation and deprivation. 

His forthcoming book ‘Democracy: Idea, Practice and Object’ (Palgrave) provides an account of democracy which relates democratic theory to the objects and devices humans have devised to make real democratic ideas, exploring this perspective through cases drawn from throughout human history.

Research interests (short)

  • Democratic theory
  • Participatory and deliberative democracy
  • Civic participation
  • Democratic innovations
  • The voluntary sector and public services

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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