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Professor, Political Science


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Areas of expertise

democratic theory
deliberative democracy
democratic innovations
direct democracy
political trust


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 project "Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making" funded by the Strategic Research Council of Academy of Finland.


I am on a research leave in 2018-2020.


In my research, I have specialized 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 help counteract short-termism in representative politics. This is also the key question in the PALO project in which I am the Principal Investigator.


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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)

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)