I am Professor of Policy and Democracy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.


I specialise in the application of political theory to public policy, covering things ilke deliberative democracy and democratic innovation; public participation in policy making; and the narrative, performative aspects of policy and politics. I've written on deliberative experiments in the UK National Health Service, referendums around the world, symbolic representation in capital cities and much more.


You can find out more about my work by clicking the research tab above, which has links to papers, books and ideas, some of which are freely downloadable.


If you are a research student, or thinking of doing a research degree on any of these issues, I am always keen to hear from you.


Contact me at john [at] johnrparkinson.net

John Parkinson

Department of Politics and International Studies

University of Warwick



United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)24 7652 8463











News & views


I'm moving
In October 2014 I am taking up a new position as Professor in the School of Government and International Relations and the Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.


Recent blog posts
Click on the Boggler Blog tab above , or check out my more layman's blog:


Deliberative Systems out now
Deliberative Systems, a book I edited with Jane Mansbridge, is out now with Cambridge University Press. Details are on the Research page.


Public Space now available
Democracy and Public Space was published by Oxford University Press in January 2013. Details on the Research page.


Research impact and teaching
How the current impact agenda is missing one of the most important channels of influence, a post on the LSE's Impact of Social Science Blog.








John R Parkinson