Democratic design — Michael Saward

Monday 1 November 2021
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Online event
Lectures and seminars
General public

This talk is part of the Museum Legitimacies Event Series 2021-22 — political innovation in, against and beyond art galleries, museum and heritage organisations.

We often think about democracy in terms of different models – representative, deliberative, participative, and so on. But democracy is not exhausted by advocating specific models or set of institutions; rather, Michel Saward argues, democracy is a design challenge.

Looking through the lens of democratic design helps us to open up our ideas about what democracy can be, how it can be planned and reformed. It also draws attention to the active work of creating models – new and hybrid models for different contexts, from government to civil society and from the formal to the informal.


Michael Saward is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.

His major books include The Terms of Democracy (1998), The Representative Claim (2010), Making Representations: Claim, Counterclaim, and the Politics of Acting for Others (2020) and Democratic Design (2021) and he is currently working on performance and democratic representation and the role of political ideas in practical political life.

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Further information about this online event, including booking details, can be found on the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies website.


Museum Sign. Photo by Scott Webb.