Michael MacKenzie

  • Assistant Professor

Michael MacKenzie’s research interests include democratic theory, intergenerational relations, deliberation, political representation, institutional design, and public engagement. Much of his work focuses on the political theory of intergenerational relations and the challenges of making long-term decisions in democratic systems. He recently helped design and conduct a laboratory experiment to explore the relationship between deliberation and long-term thinking. He is also a research partner with Participedia, an open-source, online encyclopedia and database of public engagement processes used around the world.

Professor MacKenzie holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (2013) and a Master’s degree in Political Science and Social Statistics from McGill University (2006). In 2006-07 he worked as a policy analyst and facilitator with the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh he was a Democracy Fellow and post-doctoral researcher at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of British Columbia, 2013

Representative Publications

Loewen, P. & MacKenzie, M. K. (Forthcoming) ‘Service Representation in a Federal System: A Field Experiment.’  Journal of Experimental Political Science

MacKenzie, M. K. (Forthcoming). ‘Institutional Design and Sources of Short-Termism.’ In A. Gosseries & I. González-Ricoy (Eds.), Political Institutions for Future Generations. Oxford: Oxford University Press

MacKenzie, M. K. (Forthcoming). ‘A General-Purpose Randomly Selected Second Chamber.’ In A. Gosseries & I. González-Ricoy (Eds.), Political Institutions for Future Generations. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Runacres, I., & MacKenzie, M. K. (Forthcoming). ‘Classical Allusion in Modern British Political Cartoons.’ In G. Kovacs & C.W. Marshall (Eds.), Son of Classics and Comics. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Thomas, P. E. J., Loewen, P. J., & MacKenzie, M. K. (2013). ‘Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Constituency Population and the Quality of Representation in Canada.’ Canadian Journal of Political Science, 46 (2), 273-293

O'Doherty, K., MacKenzie, M. K., Badulescu, D., & Burgess, M. M. (2013). ‘Explosives, Genomics, and the Environment: Conducting Public Deliberation on Topics of Complex Science and Social    Controversy.’ Sage Open, 3, 1-16

MacKenzie, M. K., & Warren, M. E. (2012). ‘Two Trust-Based Uses of Minipublics in Democratic Systems.’ In J. Parkinson & J. Mansbridge (Eds.), Deliberative Systems: Deliberative Democracy at the Large Scale. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

MacKenzie, M. K., & O'Doherty, K. (2011). ‘Deliberating Future Issues: Minipublics and Salmon Genomics.’ Journal of Public Deliberation, 7 (1), Article 5 pp. 1-27

Working Papers

MacKenzie, M. K. (2015) Future Publics: Long-Term Thinking and Farsighted Action in Democratic Systems (Book Manuscript)

MacKenzie, M. K. & Caluwaerts, D. (2015) ‘Deliberation and Long-Term Thinking on Climate Change Policy.’ Paper presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

MacKenzie, M. K. (2013). ‘House of Competence: John Stuart Mill and Canada's Senate.’ Paper presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference. University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

MacKenzie, M. K., & Loewen, P. J. (2011). ‘Talking Guns: A Field Experiment in Communicative Accountability and the Long-Gun Registry.’ Paper presented at the CPSA Annual Conference. Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada


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