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An expert on democratic innovation, deliberative democracy, citizen engagement in policy making, populism, and comparative political economy. My research and writings also touch on European and Canadian politics, elections and public opinion.

Currently, I’m based in Paris, leading work on innovative citizen participation at the OECD’s Open Government Unit. I also contribute to Carnegie Europe’s Reshaping European Democracy Project and mentored the 2019 Social Design masters students at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

In December 2019, I was at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance, University of Canberra as part of their Distinguished International Visitor Program.

Previously, I was a strategy consultant working with political parties and campaigns at Populus in London. Prior to that, I led Policy Network‘s work on populism, democracy and political economy, and completed a public service fellowship with the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics.

My books include:

This website brings together most of my published articles in various outlets, such as Politico, The Globe and Mail, The New Statesman, Le Monde, The Independent and others. It also links to some of my speeches, public speaking events, conference presentations and radio interviews. Please note that the positions taken in these articles and interventions are my personal views, and do not reflect the views of my employer.

If you would like to get in touch, feel free to email me or find me on Twitter / LinkedIn.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Great commentary on Canadian politics. I like your well made observations about the decline of policy capacity at the federal level and diminishment of evidence in policy making. Looking forward to reading more.


  2. Just read your co-authored piece on Trump/Brexit for CapX. Very interesting, careful analysis. I’m quite surprised that, even after drilling as deeply as you do, you still find the same drivers in UK and USA – esp the town/country divide.


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