Michael Saward

The University of Warwick

Advisory Board, Advisory Board member

Michael Saward

Prof Saward has published widely on democracy, representation and citizenship, focussing on the links between theory and practice. Recent themes include new ways of looking at political representation, for example in the new book The Representative Claim (Oxford University Press 2010), and ‘Authorisation and authenticity: representation and the unelected’, in The Journal of Political Philosophy, vol.17, no.1, 2009. He has in recent years also written on contemporary challenges to democracy (e.g., in ‘The state and civil liberties in the post-9/11 world’’, in P. Dunleavy et. al., eds, Developments in British Politics 8, Palgrave Macmillan 2006), and the place of political parties in democratic thinking (e.g. ‘Democratic theorists and party scholars: why they don’t talk to each other, and why they should’, co-written with Ingrid van Biezen, in Perspectives on Politics, vol.6, no.1, 2008).

Prof Saward’s work on citizenship, conducted with OU and other colleagues through the university’s Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), has centred on the ESRC seminar series on The Good Citizen (2006-2008) and the OU-led, European Union funded (Framework 7) project ‘Enacting European Citizenship’ (ENACT) (2008-2010) . He is engaged in international networks of researchers, for example as director of European Consortium for Political Research workshops on democratic innovation (Mannheim 1999) and political representation (Edinburgh 2003), and as Visiting Fellow in Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University in 2005. His editorial work has included the four-volume collection Democracy: Key Concepts in Political Science, published by Routledge in 2007, and Democratic Innovation: Deliberation, Representation and Association (Routledge 2000).

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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