Helene Landemore

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Associate Professor of Political Science
115 Prospect St, Room 305


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University 2008
  • Master (with High Honors), Philosophy, Sorbonne-Paris I, 2001
  • Master (with High Honors), Political Science, Sciences-Po, Paris, 2000



Hélène Landemore is Associate Professor of Political Science.

Her current research interests include democratic theory, theories of justice, the philosophy of social sciences (particularly economics), constitutional processes and theories, and workplace democracy.

She is the author of Hume. Probabilité et Choix Raisonnable (PUF: 2004) and Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many (Princeton University Press 2013). She is also co-editor with Jon Elster of Collective Wisdom: Principles and Mechanisms (Cambridge University Press 2012).

Her articles have been published (or are forthcoming) in, among others, Journal of Political Philosophy; Political Theory; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; Political Psychology; Social Epistemology; and Journal of Politics.

She is currently at work on a new book, tentatively entitled Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the 21st Century, which lays out the institutional principles of an alternative to representative democracy that takes seriously the idea of people’s power.

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  • Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many (Princeton, Princeton University Press 2013) 
  • Hume. Probabilité et choix raisonnable (Paris: PUF, 2004)
  • Edited volume: Collective Wisdom: Principles and Mechanisms (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012). First editor, with Jon Elster

Peer Reviewed Articles: 

  • “Inclusive Constitution-Making and Religious Rights: Lessons from the Icelandic Experiment,” Journal of Politics, forthcoming  (accepted August 2016)
  • “Beyond the Fact of Disagreement? The Epistemic Turn in Deliberative Democracy,” Journal of Social Epistemology, forthcoming  (accepted August 2016)
  • “Unmasking the Crowd: Participants’ Motivation Factors, Expectations, and Profile in a Crowdsourced Law Reform” (with Tanja Aitamurto and Jorge S. Galli), Information, Communication, and Society, forthcoming (accepted August 2016)
  • “Crowdsourced Deliberation: The Case of an Off-Traffic Law Reform in Finland” (with Tanja Aitamurto) Policy & Internet May 2016 DOI: 10.1002/poi3.115
  • “In Defense of Workplace Democracy: Toward a Justification of the Firm/State Analogy” (first author, with Isabelle Ferreras) Political Theory 44(1): 53-81, 2016
  • “Inclusive Constitution-Making: The Icelandic Experiment.” Journal of Political Philosophy 23(2): 166-191, 2015
  • “Deliberation and Disagreement: Problem Solving, Prediction, and Positive Dissensus” (with Scott E. Page). Philosophy, Politics, and Economics 14(3) : 229-254, 2015
  • “Neither Blind, nor Mute: Why the People Shouldn’t Give Up on the Voice.” Political Theory 42 (2): 192-197, 2014
  • “Reasoning is for Arguing: Explaining the Successes and Failures of Deliberation” (second author, with Hugo Mercier), Political Psychology 33: 243-, 2012 
  • “Deliberation, Cognitive Diversity, and Democratic Inclusiveness: An Epistemic Argument for the Random Selection of Representatives.” Synthese 190(7): 1209-1231, 2012
  • “Politics and the Economist-King: Is Rational Choice Theory the Science of Choice?” Journal of Moral Philosophy 1.2, 2004: 185-207

Classes taught:

  • Undergraduate courses
    • “How do we choose, and choose well” (lecture course), Spring 2015 and Fall 2015
    • “Beyond Representative Government” (seminar), Spring 2014 and Fall 2015
    • “Directed Studies” (History & Politics), Spring 2011 and Spring 2012
    • “Justice in Western Thought” (lecture course), Fall 2009 and 2010
    • “Freedom” (seminar) Spring 2010
  • Graduate Courses
    • “Deliberative Democracy and Beyond”, Spring 2010 and 2016
    • “Philosophy of Science for the Study of Politics”, co-taught with Ian Shapiro
    • “Research & Writing” (co-taught with Allan Dafoe), Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
    • “Introduction to Political Theory,” co-taught with Ian Shapiro
    • “Political Authority,” Spring 2011

Awards and Nominations

  • 2017 - Nominated for the Brown Medal of Democracy (second and final round)
  • 2015 - David and Elaine Spitz Prize (best book in liberal/democratic theory from two years earlier) for Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many
  • 2015 - Nominated for the Brown Medal of Democracy (first round)
  • 2014-16 - ‘Enduring Questions’ competitive grant ($25,000) from the National Endowment for the Humanities for lecture course ‘How Do We Choose and Choose Well’
  • 2010 - Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award for then book manuscript Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many


  • President of the Idea, Knowledge, Politics APSA section.