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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

The Participedia project aims to build an online archive of civic and democratic innovations, with an emphasis on new forms of public participation and deliberation. My role in the project has been to help design curricula for having students contribute cases to the archive. I’ve also supervised graduate student contributions and participated in various planning stages of the project. My most recent work has been a collaboration aimed at analyzing the data collected for Participedia. The first published article in this series was as a third author:
Smith, G., Richards, R., & Gastil, J. (2015). The potential of Participedia as a crowdsourcing tool for comparative analysis of democratic innovations. Policy & Internet, 7, 243-262.

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