C. D Myers
C. Daniel Myers studies how ordinary citizens and political elites communicate and how this communication in turn shapes behavior. Much of his research is motivated by deliberative theories of democratic. Many argue that deliberation can create a more vital democracy, more informed and competent citizens, and more enlightened policy-making. However, these claims frequently rest on untested assumptions about how political deliberation proceeds, the way that communication affects citizens’ attitudes and participation, and the role that deliberation can play in the broader political system. His research evaluates the degree to which existing political practices meet or fall short of the deliberative ideal, whether new institutional arrangements like deliberative mini-publics can produce better, more legitimate governance, and suggests when normative democratic theory might require revision based on empirical realities. He is also interested in experimental methods, and much of his research applies experimental methods to new questions or problems.