Archon Fung

Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship
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Archon Fung


Archon Fung is Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship. His research examines the impacts of civic participation, public deliberation, and transparency upon public and private governance. His Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy examines two participatory-democratic reform efforts in low-income Chicago neighborhoods. Current projects also examine initiatives in ecosystem management, toxics reduction, endangered species protection, local governance, and international labor standards. His recent books and edited collections include Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance; Can We Eliminate Sweatshops?; Working Capital: The Power of Labors Pensions; and Beyond Backyard Environmentalism. His articles on regulation, rights, and participation appear in Political Theory; Journal of Political Philosophy; Politics and Society; Governance; Environmental Management; American Behavioral Scientist; and Boston Review. Fung received two SBs and a PhD from MIT.



  • DPI-562 Public Problems: Advice, Strategy and Analysis


  • DPI-563Y Integrated Law/Policy Research and Writing

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    • Fung, Archon. "Can Democracy Be Saved?: Participation, Deliberation and Social Movements." Review of Can Democracy Be Saved?: Participation, Deliberation and Social Movements, by Donatella della Porta. Contemporary Sociology, 44.1, January 2015: 50-52.

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