Michael MacKenzie

  • Assistant Professor

Michael K. 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 — and possibilities — of making long-term decisions in democratic systems.

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

MacKenzie, M. K. (Forthcoming). Future Publics: Democracy, Deliberation, and Future-Regarding Action. New York: Oxford University Press.

MacKenzie, M. K. & Moore, A. (2020) 'Democratic Non-Participation.’ Polity 52(3): 430–459.

Loewen, P. & MacKenzie, M. K. (2019) 'Service Representation in a Federal System: A Field Experiment.' Journal of Experimental Political Science 6(2):  93-107.

MacKenzie, M. K. (2018) ‘Deliberation and Long-Term Decisions: Representing Future Generations.’ In Bächtiger, A., J.S. Dryzek, J.Mansbridge, and M.E. Warren (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

MacKenzie, M. K. (2016). ‘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. (2016). ‘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. (2015). ‘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.


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