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Michael Saward


Professor of Politics and International Studies

Email: m dot j dot saward at warwick dot ac dot uk
Room: D1.10

Advice and feedback hours for the year 2020-21: Wednesdays 2.00 to 3.00 and Fridays 10.00 to 11.00.

I joined PaIS as Professor of Politics and International Studies in October 2012, and was Director of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Centre from 2013 to 2016. I was a professor at the Open University for twelve years, twice serving as Head of Department and closely involved in producing new OU Politics courses. Prior to the OU I taught at Royal Holloway, University of London. My key area of research is contemporary democratic theory. In recent years I have focused on the theory of representation. My book The Representative Claim - awarded the George H. Hallett prize by the American Political Science Association in 2020 - was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. Making Representations (ECPR Press and Rowman and Littlefield International) was published in 2020. My work on the EU-funded ENACT project, which engaged a range of political leaders, activists and researchers across Europe, supported the publication of the jointly edited (with Engin Isin) book Enacting European Citizenship by Cambridge University Press in 2013. A Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust has supported my work on Democratic Design (2016-19), and my new book Democratic Design will be published by Oxford University Press in January 2021. I have done consulting work on democracy, for example with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. I am currently working on a range of issues, including performance and democratic representation and the role of political ideas in practical political life.

My publications