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Maija
Setälä
Professor, Political Science
PhD

Contact

+358 29 450 2737
+358 46 923 7859
Assistentinkatu 7
20500
Turku

Areas of expertise

democratic theory
deliberative democracy
democratic innovations
direct democracy
political trust

Biography

I received my PhD from The London School of Economics in 1997. Since then, I have worked at University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. In 2012, I was appointed as a Professor of Political Science at University of Turku. I have made research visits at Columbia University, Australian National University and University of Westminster. At the moment, I am the Principal Investigator of the projects "Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making" (PALO) funded by the Strategic Research Council of Academy of Finland (2017-2022), and "Facing Systemic Change Together" (FACTOR) funded by the Academy of Finland (2021-2024).

Teaching

I teach courses on democratic theory, democratic innovations, and issues of long-term governance. I am also supervising Master's and PhD students in political science.

Research


In my research, I specialize in democratic theories, especially theories of deliberative democracy, as well as various types of democratic innovations. Right now I focus on issues of long-term decision-making, especially how deliberative citizen participation might counteract short-termism in representative politics. This is also the key question in the project "Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making" (PALO). The more recent research project "Facing Systemic Change Together" (FACTOR) focuses on the role of citizen deliberation on climate transitions.




Publications

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Deliberative disagreement and compromise (2020)

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Ian O'Flynn, Maija Setälä
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

The crisis of democracy and the science of deliberation (2019)

Science
John S. Dryzek, André Bächtiger, Simone Chambers, Joshua Cohen, James N. Druckman, Andrea Felicetti, James S. Fishkin, David M. Farrell, Archon Fung, Amy Gutmann, Hélène Landemore, Jane Mansbridge, Sofie Marien, Michael A. Neblo, Simon Niemeyer, Maija Setälä, Rune Slothuus, Jane Suiter, Dennis Thompson, Mark E. Warren
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Deliberative Mini-Publics: Core Design Features (2019)

David M. Farrell, Nicole Curato, John S. Dryzek, Brigitte Geißel, Kimmo Grönlund, Sofie Marien, Simon Niemeyer,
Jean-Benoit Pilet, Alan Renwick, Jonathan Rose, Maija Setälä, Jane Suiter
(D4 Julkaistu kehittämis- tai tutkimusraportti taikka -selvitys)