Jane Mansbridge Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Mansbridge

Jane Jebb Mansbridge
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Jane Mansbridge
Born (1939-11-19) November 19, 1939 (age 82)
AwardsJohan Skytte Prize in Political Science (2018)
InstitutionsMalcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
WebsiteHarvard profile

Jane Jebb Mansbridge (born November 19, 1939) is an American political scientist. She is the Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mansbridge has made contributions to democratic theory, feminist scholarship, and the empirical study of social movements and direct democracy.[1][2]

In April 2018, Mansbridge was announced to be the 24th laureate of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science.

Early life and education[edit]

Mansbridge received her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1961, her M.A. in history from Harvard in 1966, and her Ph.D. in government from Harvard in 1971.


Mansbridge previously taught at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Mansbridge is particularly known for the distinction between unitary and adversary democracy (based on common and conflicting interests respectively), and for her concepts of gyroscopic representation (based on inner motivation), the selection model of representation, and surrogate representation (representation of others outside one's district).[3] She is currently working on the necessity for legitimate coercion created by our need for "free use" (or "free access") goods.[4]

Prizes, awards and honors[edit]



  • Mansbridge, Jane J (1980). Beyond adversary democracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-50355-4.
  • Mansbridge, Jane J (1986). Why we lost the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-50357-8.
  • Mansbridge, Jane J, ed. (1990). Beyond self-interest. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-50360-8.
  • Mansbridge, Jane J; Parkinson, John (eds) (2012). Deliberative systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-02539-4. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  • Mansbridge, Jane J; Martin, Cathie Jo (eds) (2014). Negotiating agreement in politics. Washington, D.C.: American Political Science Association. ISBN 978-1-878147-47-9. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)

Chapters in books[edit]

  • Mansbridge, Jane J (1993), "Feminism and democratic community", in Chapman, John W; Shapiro, Ian (eds.), Democratic Community: NOMOS XXXV, vol. 35, New York: New York University Press, pp. 342–377, ISBN 978-0-8147-1507-9
  • Mansbridge, Jane J (1996), "Using power/fighting power: the polity", in Benhabib, Seyla (ed.), Democracy and Difference, Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 46–56, ISBN 978-0-19-513199-4
  • Mansbridge, Jane J (1999), "Everyday talk in the deliberative system", in Macedo, Steven (ed.), Deliberative Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 211–239, ISBN 978-0-691-04478-1
  • Mansbridge, Jane J (1999), "On the idea that participation makes better citizens", in Elkin, Stephen L; Soltan, Karol E (eds.), Citizen Competence and Democratic Institutions, University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, pp. 295–325, ISBN 978-0-271-03018-0
  • Mansbridge, Jane J (2001), "A 'moral core' solution to the prisoners' dilemma", in Scott, Joan W; Keates, Debra (eds.), Schools of thought: twenty-five years of interpretive social science, Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 330–347, ISBN 978-0-691-08842-6
  • Mansbridge, Jane J (2009), "On the free rider problem", in King, Gary; Schlozman, Kay L; Nie, Norman H (eds.), The future of political science: 100 perspectives, New York: Routledge, pp. 217–219, ISBN 978-0-415-99701-0
  • Mansbridge, Jane J; Bohman, James; Chambers, Simone; Christiano, Thomas; et al. (2012), "A systematic approach to democratic deliberation", in Parkinson, John; Mansbridge, Jane J (eds.), Deliberative Systems, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1–26, ISBN 978-1-107-02539-4
  • Mansbridge, Jane J (2014), "Helping congress negotiate", in Persily, Nathaniel (ed.), Solutions to Political Polarization in America, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 262–274, ISBN 978-1-107-45191-9
  • Mansbridge, Jane J (2014), "A contingency theory of accountability", in Bowens, Mark; Goodin, Robert E; Schillemans, Thomas (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 55–68, ISBN 978-0-19-877847-9
  • Mansbridge, Jane J; Warren, Mark E; et al. (2015), "Deliberative negotiation", in Mansbridge, Jane J; Martin, Cathie J (eds.), Political Negotiation: A Handbook, Washington DC: Brookings, pp. 141–198, ISBN 978-0-8157-2729-3

Journal articles[edit]


  1. ^ Williams, Melissa S. (October 2012). "Beyond the empirical-normative divide: the democratic theory of Jane Mansbridge". P.S.: Political Theory and Politics. 45 (4): 797–805. doi:10.1017/S1049096512001035.
  2. ^ Rouyer, Muriel (November 2011). "Jane Mansbridge". Raisons Politiques. 40 (4): 135–156. doi:10.3917/rai.040.0135.
  3. ^ Dovi, Suzanne (17 October 2011). "Political Representation". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ Mansbridge, Jane (March 2014). "What is political science for?". Perspectives on Politics. 12 (1): 8–17. doi:10.1017/S153759271300368X.
  5. ^ "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.

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