Book Talk: The Government of Chance – Sortition and Politics from Athens to the Present


An online book talk and series of panel discussions to mark the publication of The Government of Chance: Sortition and Politics from Athens to the Present by Prof. Yves Sintomer, will take place on May 11th at 10.00 AM EST. The discussion will be chaired by FuJo’s director, Prof. Jane Suiter. 

Yves Sintomer is a Professor of Political Science, Paris 8 University, Visiting Democracy Fellow at Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School ; and Associate Member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. 

The first panel from 10:00-11:00 am EST will discuss sortition and politics in history, while the the second panel from 11:00 to 12:00pm EST will discuss whether sortition is a tool for democratic innovation in the 21st century. 

Other speakers at the event include;

  • Irad Malkin, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Greek History, Tel Aviv University, and Visiting Professor in Classics, Oxford University​
  • Archon Fung, Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-​Government, Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Thomas Maissen, Director of the German Historical Institute Paris, and Professor for Early Modern History, University of Heidelberg
  • Jane Mansbridge, the Charles F. Adams Professor Emerita at the Harvard Kennedy School.

This event is organized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School with the support of European Union research projects EUComMeet (Developing Participatory Spaces using a Multi-stage, Multi-level, Multi-mode, Multi-lingual, Dynamic Deliberative Approach) and PHOENIX (The Rise of Citizens Voices for a Greener Europe).

Register for the event here.