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Jane Jebb Mansbridge
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Jane Mansbridge
Born (1939-11-19) November 19, 1939 (age 78)
"New York City, "New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Website Harvard profile
Institutions "Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, "Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

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]


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 access goods".[4]

Prizes, awards and honors[edit]



Chapters in books[edit]

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. Cambridge Journals. 45 (4): 797–805. "doi:10.1017/S1049096512001035. 
  2. ^ Rouyer, Muriel (November 2011). "Jane Mansbridge". Raisons Politiques. Presses de Sciences Po. 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. "Cambridge Journals on behalf of the "American Political Science Association. 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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