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Professor of Governance, University of Canberra

My research is about democracy from below in the lifeworld. The lifeworld consists of laypeople who can, will, and know how to express themselves and make a difference by connecting with each other in various networks and project communities online and offline. Their democratic task is chronically and spontaneously to problematize how issues and risks are formulated and handled by 'experts'. Populists and neoliberalists are the lifeworld's natural contenders, because they plead to be their voice and want to nudge them to do the 'right things'. To the degree and extent reflexive persons accept and recognize political authority, it shall be one who enable them to develop their capacities to govern and take care of themselves.


  • –present
    Professor of governance, University of Canberra