Dr. Dannica Fleuss
Research Fellow / Lecturer



 Photo: Anait Sagoyan 

I am a research fellow and lecturer in political theory at Helmut Schmidt University (Hamburg) and a research associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance (University of Canberra). I am also a co-convenor of the PSA's Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group, an Associate Editor of the interdisciplinary Journal Democratic Theory and a member of the Switzerland-based DemocracyNet.

I hold a MA in philosophy and political science and a PhD in political science from Heidelberg University. From 2014 until 2017, I worked as a lecturer at the departments of political science and philosophy at Heidelberg University. 

My research focuses on theories of democratic legitimacy, theoretical and empirical studies of deliberative democracy, and approaches aiming at decolonizing democratic theory.

Latest Publications


Fleuß, D. (2021): Radical Proceduralism. Democracy from Philosophical Principles to Political Institutions. Bingley: Emerald Press.


**Fleuß, D. (In press): Macro-Level Assessment of Deliberative Quality. In: Research Methods in Deliberative Democracy. Edited by: Selen A. Ercan, Hans Asenbaum, Nicole Curato, and Ricardo F. Mendonça, Oxford University Press.

*(forthcoming). Citizens’ Assemblies: Top-down or bottom-up? – Both, please!, in Reuchamps, M. , J. Vrydagh and Y. Welp (eds) Handbook of Citizens’ Assemblies, De Gruyter Publisher. (with S. Bussu)

(2022). Understanding developments in Participatory Governance. A report on findings from a scoping review of the literature and expert interviews. Manchester University. ISBN: 9781910029787. (S. Bussu, Y. Golan & A. Hargreaves; with A. Bua, R. Falanga, D. Fleuß, C. Forde, E. Williams, M. Wojciechowska)

*Gagnon, J.P., Asenbaum, H., Fleuß D. et al. (2021): Editorial: The Marginalized Democracies of the World. Democratic Theory 8(2), 1-18 

**Fleuß, D. & Helbig, K. (2021): Measuring Nation States' Deliberativeness: Systematic Challenges, Methodological Pitfalls, and Strategies for Upscaling the Measurement of Deliberation. In: Political Studies 69(2), 307-325.

**Esau, K., Fleuß, D., & Nienhaus, S.-M. (2021): Different Deliberative Arenas, Different Deliberative Quality? Using a Systemic Framework to Evaluate Online Deliberations on Immigration Policy in Germany. Policy & Internet 13(1), 86-112.

Fleuß, D. (2020): Kompetenz, „Durchregieren“, Deliberation: Covid-19 und die deutsche DemokratieIn: Ewert, Christian; Heyne, Lea (Eds.) (2021): One Year with Covid-19. Norderstedt: BoD. ISBN: 9783753402284.

Fleuß, D. (2020): Warum Politische Theorie nicht praxisfern sein muss. In Politikum Sonderheft 2020: Wem nutzt die Politikwissenschaft?, 11-16.

**Gagnon, J-P. & Fleuß, D. (2020): The Case for Extending Measures of Democracy in the World. 'Beneath', 'Above', and 'Outside' the National Level. In: Political Geography 83, 102276.  

Fleuß, D. (2020): Does Diversity Trump Specialisation? Die Perspektive des wissenschaftstheoretischen Pragmatismus auf eine interdisziplinäre Analyse politischer Legitimität.“ [Does Diversity Trump Specialisation? A Pragmatist Perspective on Interdisciplinary Studies of Political Legitimacy] In: Europas südliche Ränder. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Asymmetrien, Hierarchien und Postkolonialismus-Verlierer. (Ed. : Monika Albrecht). Bielefeld: Transcript. 

Contact details: 

email: dannica.fleuss(at)hsu-hh.de

Postal address: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22045 Hamburg