Quinlan Bowman is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). Previously he was Postdoctoral Fellow in Deliberative Democracy at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra. He completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016.
Quinlan has previous or forthcoming publications on democratic innovations and qualitative assessment of deliberation. Currently he is working on three book manuscripts. The first juxtaposes selected aspects of the literature on deliberative democracy with ideas drawn from pragmatist approaches to ethics and social inquiry. It deploys pragmatist ideas to develop a normative theory of the democratic process and to describe how that theory can assist democracy’s participants in crafting more inclusive democratic processes. The theory is basically a deliberative one; yet, his pragmatist orientation makes him critical of certain depictions of deliberative democracy. The second, jointly written with Mark Bevir, explores how direct citizen participation can feature throughout the varied stages of the public policy cascade. Drawing on case studies from all over the world, the project investigates how public participation can operate at multiple geographical scales – ranging from the neighborhood level all the way up to the transnational – and illustrates how participation at different levels might be linked up. The third, jointly written with John Dryzek, Jonathan Pickering, Jensen Sass, and Ana Tanasoca, is an extended proposal for remaking global governance along deliberative lines.