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John Gastil Portrait


Communication Arts & Sciences and Political Science Senior Scholar, the McCourtney Institute for Democracy
The Pennsylvania State University


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Topic Map

Research Topic Map Civil society and protest groups Communication in small groups The Australian Citizens' Parliament Jury behavior The Democracy Machine (online platform) The Group in society Democracy in Small Groups Civic Engagment The Jury and Democracy Group Decision Making Governance Theory and Practice of deliberative democracy Political Communication and Deliberation Delib. Democracy Handbook Democracy in Motion By Popular Demand The Citizens' Initiative Review Public forums, civic education, political socialization Direct Democracy
Sortition as an alternative to elections Public opinion and civic attitudes Public Opinion and Atts. Elections Cultural Cognition Project Voter Behavior, election dynamics, and campaings

Civil Society and Protest Groups

One area of research I have explored only occasionally is the intersection between governance and group decision making that concerns public protests and other social movement organizations.

I talk about these issues briefly in The group in societyDemocracy in small groups and Political communication and deliberationThe most sustained discussion of this issue comes from an article I co-authored:

West, M., & Gastil, J. (2004).Deliberation at the margins: Participant accounts of face-to-face public deliberation at the 1999-2000 world trade protests in Seattle and Prague. Qualitative Research Reports,5, 1-7.

Stretching beyond the boundaries of this research category, I have also recently helped to set up a research team that will look at polarization and extreme views in a spectrum of groups ranging from protest groups to terror cells. One article arising partially as a result of their findings is:
Reedy, J., Gastil, J., & Gabbay, M. (2013). Terrorism and small groups: A framework for advancing research on terrorist teams. Small Group Research, 44, 599-626

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