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Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) – University of Westminster

Prof. Smith has been extensively published in the fields of democratic theory and practice. His current research focuses on democratic innovations – institutions designed to increase and deepen citizen participation in the political decision-making process. This work builds on the theoretical approach initially developed in his book Democratic Innovations: Designing Institutions for Citizen Participation (Cambridge University Press: 2009).

He have recently directed experimental research on online discussion forums as part of the ESRC Ventures project 'Rediscovering the Civic' www.civicbehaviour.org.uk and is on the steering committee of Participedia, an online knowledge platform for democratic innovations www.participedia.net.

Publications authored by Prof. Smith can be found at www.westminster.ac.uk