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Yves Sintomer

Yves Sintomer

professor for political science, Paris 8 University, researcher at The Maison française d’Oxford and associate member at Nuffield College, and at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), Oxford.
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Nuffield College

Yves Sintomer has been deputy director of the Centre Marc Bloch Berlin, and is Honorary Senior fellow at the French University Institute, one of the French most prestigious institutions. He has been invited scholar or professor in Harvard, Yale, University College London, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Academia Sinica (Taipei), European University Institute (Florence), Institut für Sozialforschung (Frankfurt), Goethe University Frankfurt, Humboldt University Berlin, Complutense-Madrid, UCL (Belgian), Catania (Italy), Science Po Paris, Science Po Lille, Neuchâtel and Lausanne Universities Universidad del Pais Vasco.

Research Interests

Yves Sintomer’s writings focus on democracy (especially on participatory and deliberative democracy), and on political representation. They have been published in 19 languages.

He presently develops his research in the following directions:

  • The creation of citizens’ assemblies and other minipublics selected by lot, especially on the topic of the climate.
  • A global history of democracy, which analyzes the Western model as one among other experiments.
  • An analysis of the development of political imaginaries in a comparative perspective (UK-France-Germany one the one hand, Brazil-India-China on the other hand).
  • A non-Eurocentric theory of political representation, which confronts the continental tradition (especially German and French) with the Anglo-American one.



  • Between Radical and Deliberative Democracy. Random Selection in Politics from Athens to Contemporary Experiments, Cambridge University Press, 2022 (forthcoming). Previous French version: Petite histoire de l'expérimentation démocratique. Tirage au sort et politique d'Athènes à nos jours, La Découverte, serie “Poches”, Paris, 2011, 293 p. German version: Das demokratische Experiment. Geschichte des Losverfahrens in der Politik von Athen bis heute, Springer-VS, Wiesbaden, 2016, 296 p.; Chinese version: Peking University Press, 2021 (forthcoming).
  • Participatory Budgeting Worldwide (together with C. Herzberg and G. Allegretti), Engagement Global, Bonn, Serie Dialog Global 25, 2013, http://www.service-eine-welt.de/images/text_material-3651.img, 96 p. German translation: Bürgerhaushalte Weltweit 2014, http://www.service-eine-welt.de/images/text_material-3940.img, 112 p. First edition: Learning from the South: Participatory Budgeting Worldwide, Inwent/Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt, Bonn, 2010, 94 p. German version: Vom Süden lernen? Bürgerhaushalte Weltweit, Inwent/Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt, Bonn, 2010, 94 p. French translation: Les budgets participatifs dans le monde. Une étude transnationale, 2014 http://www.service-eine-welt.de/fr/images/text_material-4396.img, 108 p. Portuguese translation: Aprendendo com o Sul: O Orçamento Participativo no mundo – um convite à cooperação global, Bonn, 2012,87 p., online version: http://www.service-eine-welt.de/images/text_material-2566.img.
  • Participatory Budgeting in Europe: Democracy and Public Governance (with C. Herzberg and A. Röcke), Routledge, London, 2016. Previous French version: Les Budgets participatifs en Europe. Des services publics au service du public (with C. Herzberg and A. Röcke), La Découverte, serie “Recherches”, Paris, 2008, 354 p. Italian version: I bilanci partecipativi in Europa. Nuove esperienze democratiche nel vecchio continente (with G. Allegretti), Ediesse, Roma, 2009, 478 p. German version: Der Bürgerhaushalt in Europa – Eine realistische Utopie? Zwischen partizipativer Demokratie, Verwaltungsmodernisierung und sozialer Gerechtigkeit (with C. Herzberg and A. Röcke), VS-Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2010, 378 p. Spanish version: Democracia participativa y modernización de los servicios públicos: Investigación sobre las experiencias de presupuesto participativo en Europa (with E. Ganuza), La Découverte/TNI (Amsterdam), 2011, 243 p. (E-book: http://www.tni.org/es/tnibook/democracia-participativa-y-modernizaci%C3%B3n-de-los-servicios-p%C3%BAblicos-ebook).
  • Le pouvoir au peuple. Jurys citoyens, tirage au sort et démocratie participative, La Découverte, serie “Cahiers libres”, Paris, 2007, 178 p. Italian version: Il potere al popolo. Giurie cittadine, sorteggio e democrazia partecipativa, Dedalo, Bari, 2009, 220 p. Portuguese version: O poder ao povo. Júris cidaãos, sorteio e democracia participativa, Editora UFMG, Belo Horizonte, 2010, 230 p.
  • The Porto Alegre Experiment: Learning Lessons for a Better Democracy (together with M. Gret), Zed Books, New York, 2004. Turkish edition: Ithaki, Istanbul, 2004, 181 p. Previous French version: Porto Alegre, l’espoir d’une autre démocratie (with M. Gret), La Découverte, serie “Sur le Vif”, Paris, 2002, 142 p. Revised edition, 2005, 144 p. Spanish edition: Porto Alegre, la esperanza de otra democracia, Debate, Madrid, 2003, 175 p. Spanish edition of Ecuador: Porto Alegre, los desafíos de la democracia participativa, Abya Yala, Quito, 2002, 155 p. Brazilian edition: Porto Alegre. A esperança de uma outra democracia, Loyola, Sao Paulo, 2002. Portuguese edition: Porto Alegre. A esperança de uma outra democracia, Campo das Letras, Lisbonne, 2003. Turkish edition: Ithaki, Istanbul, 2004, 181 p. Korean edition: Park Jongcheol, Séoul, 2004.
  • La démocratie impossible? Politique et modernité chez Weber et Habermas, La Découverte, serie “Armillaire”, Paris 1999, 404 p. Arabic translation, ACRPS Books, Doha (Qatar), 2017.

Books edited (since 2010)

  • Political Representation: A Comparison Europe-China (in Chinese, edited together with D. Duan) Peking University Press, 2021 (forthcoming).
  • La représentation avant le gouvernement représentatif (together with S. Hayat and C. Péneau), Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Rennes, 2020, 372 p.
  • Sociologie politique, from Emile Durkheim (edited by F. Hulak in cooperation with Y. Sintomer), PUF, Paris, January 2020, 480 p.
  • Sortition and Democracy. Practices, Tools, Theories (together with L. Lopez-Rabatel), Imprint Academic, Exeter, 2020, 515 p. Previous French version: Tirage au sort et démocratie. Histoire, instruments, theories, Paris, 2019, special issue, 520 p.
  • Deliberation: Values, Processes, Institutions (with S. Coleman and A. Przybylska), Peter Lang, Serie “Warsaw Studies in Culture and Society”, Frankfurt/Main, 2015, 320 p.
  • Local participation in Southern Europe: Causes, Characteristics and Consequences (with J. Font and D. della Porta), Rowman & Littlefield, Washington D.C., 2014, 315 p.
  • La domination, from M. Weber, German translation by I. Kalinowski, critical edition, introduction and revision of the translation by Y. Sintomer, La Découverte, serie Politique et société, Paris, 2013, 432 p. New paperback edition, La Découverte, Paris, 2015.
  • Participatory Budgeting in Asia and Europe. Key Challenges of Participation (with R. Traub-Merz and J. Zhang), Palgrave, Houndmills, Basingstoke/New York, 2013, 272 p. Previous Chinese version, Shanghai People’s Publishing House, Shanghai, 2011, 220 p.
  • Hoffnung auf eine neue Demokratie. Bürgerhaushalten in Lateinamerika und Europa (with C. Herzberg and H. Kleger), Campus, serie «Demokratieforschung», Frankfurt-am-Main/New York, 2012, 333 p.
  • La démocratie participative au-delà de la proximité. Le Poitou-Charentes mis en perspective (with J. Talpin), Presses Universitaires de Rennes, serie “Res Publica”, Rennes, 2011, 184 p.
  • La démocratie participative: histoire et généalogie (with M.H. Bacqué), La Découverte, serie “Recherches”, Paris, 2011, 288 p.
  • La démocratie participative inachevée. Genèse, adaptations et diffusions (with M.H. Bacqué), Adels/Yves Michel, Paris, 2010, 240 p.

Edition of thematic issues of journals (since 2010)

  • Le tirage au sort au XXIème siècle (together with D. Courant), Participations, 2019/1.
  • La représentation incarnation, (together with C. Péneau and S. Hayat), Raisons politiques, 72, November 2018.
  • Sorteo y democracia/Sortition and Democracy (together with J. Costa, J.L. Moreno Pestaña, and L. Lopez Rabatel), Daimon. Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Ediciones de la Universidad de Murcia, 72, September-December 2017.
  • Wozu noch Weber? (together with H.P. Müller), Lendemains, Narr Verlag (Tübingen), 39/156, 2014.
  • Florence (1200-1530): The Reinvention of the Political, Revue française de science politique, English edition, November 2015. Previous French version: Florence (1200-1530): La réinvention de la politique (together with J. Boutier), Revue française de science politique, vol 64, 6, 2014.
  • Weber et la domination, Sociologie, 2014, vol. 3/5.
  • La représentation politique/die politische Repräsentation (together with P. Diehl and S. Hayat), Trivium, Spring 2014.
  • Repenser la représentation politique (together with S. Hayat), Raisons politiques, Presses de Science Po, 50, June 2013.
  • Methodological Challenges in Participation Research (together with J. Font and D. della Porta), Revista internacional de sociología, CSIC, Madrid, 2012.
  • Démocratie délibérative (together with J. Talpin), Raisons politiques, Presses de Science Po, 42, May 2011.

Articles (since 2015)

  • “The Three Political Imaginaries of Sortition: Deliberative, Antipolitical and Radical Democracy”, Common Knowledge, 28 (2), spring 2022 (forthcoming). Previous French version: “Les trois imaginaires du tirage au sort en politique: démocratie délibérative, antipolitique et démocratie radicale” (together with N. Abbas), Raisons politiques, May 2021, p. 33-54.
  • “Towards a Plural and Cosmopolitan Political Theory”, Raisons politiques, English version, Fall 2021 (in print). French version:  “Pour une théorie politique ouverte et cosmopolite”, Raisons politiques, Fall 2021 (in print).
  • “‘Representation’ and Dàibiǎo: a comparative study of the notions of political representation in France and China” (together with Y. Zhou), Journal of Chinese Governance, 4 (4), 2019, p. 362-389.
  • “Defining women’s representation: Debates around gender quotas in India and France” (together with V. Dutoya), Politics and Governance, 2019, 7 (3), p. 124-136.
  • “Le tirage au sort au xxie siècle. Actualité de l’expérimentation  démocratique” (together with D. Courant), Participations, 2019/1, p. 5-31.
  • “Introduction. L’histoire du tirage au sort en politique: instruments, pratiques et théories” (together with L. Lopez-Rabatel), in Participations, 2019, special issue, Tirage au sort et démocratie. Hitsoires, instruments, théories, p. 9-33. English version “Introduction. The history of sortition in politics: instruments, practices and theories”, in L. Lopez-Rabatel, Y. Sintomer (eds.), Sortition and Democracy. Practices, Instruments, Theories, Imprint Academic, Exeter, 2019, p. 1-26.
  • “Introduction: la représentation-incarnation”, (together with S. Hayat et C. Péneau), Raisons politiques, 72, November 2018, p. 5-19.
  • “La représentation-incarnation: idéaltype et configurations historiques”, Raisons politiques, 72, November 2018, p. 21-52.
  • “Deliberative Polls and the Systemic Democratization of Democracy”, The Good Society, 27 (1–2), 2018, p. 155-164.
  • “A child drawing lots: the ‘pathos formula’ of political sortition?”, in A. Chollet, A. Fontaine (eds.), Expériences du tirage au sort en Suisse et en Europe (XVIe-XXIe siècles) / Erfahrungen des Losverfahrens in der Schweiz und in Europa (16. – 21. Jahrhundert), Publications en série de la bibliothèque Am Guisanplatz, 74, Bern, 2018, p. 223-256. Republished in L. Lopez-Rabatel, Y. Sintomer (eds.), Sortition and Democracy. Practices, Instruments, Theories, Imprint Academic, Exeter, 2019, p. 471-507. French version: “L’enfant tirant au sort: la ‘formule de pathos’ de l’utilisation du hasard en politique?”, Participations, 2019, special issue, Tirage au sort et démocratie. Histoires, instruments, théories, p. 477-511.
  • “The Meanings of Political Representation” (in Chinese), Foreign Theoretical Trends (国外理论动态), October 2018, p. 57-67.
  • “From deliberative to radical democracy? Sortition and politics in the 21th century”, Politics and Society, 2018, 46 (3), p. 337–357, reprinted in J. Gastil, E.O. Wright (eds.), Legislature by lot: Transformative designs for deliberative governance, Verso, London/New York, 2019, p. 47-74. French version: “De la démocratie délibérative à la démocratie radicale? Tirage au sort et politique au 21ème siècle”, Participations, 2019/1, p. 33-60.
  • “Le populisme de Podemos”, Mouvements, 94, Summer 2018, p. 98-107.
  • “La science politique et l’innovation gouvernementale. À propos d’un texte de Yu Keping”, Tracés, Special issue, 37, December 2017, p. 167-175.
  • “Nota de los coordinadores” (together with J. Costa, J.L. Moreno Pestaña, and L. Perez Rabatel), Revista Internacional de Filosofia, 72, September-December 2017, p. 5-6.
  • “Sorteo y política: ¿de la democracia radical hasta la democracia deliberativa?”, Revista Internacional de Filosofia, 72, September-December 2017, p. 25-43. English version: “Sortition and Politics: From Radical to Deliberative Democracy -and back?”, in D. Piovan, G. Giorgini (eds.), Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Athenian Democracy. From the Late Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era, Brill, Leiden/Boston, 2020, p. 490-521.
  • “La fin de la démocratie des Modernes?”, Mouvements, 89, March 2017, p. 90-98. Spanish version: “¿Condenados a la posdemocracia?”, Nueva Sociedad, 267, January-February 2017, p. 22-34, http://nuso.org/media/articles/downloads/1._TC_Sintomer_267.pdf. New version in P. Neder (ed.), Gobierno y Políticas: crisis de las democracias, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Press/Latinoamericano de Gobierno y Políticas Públicas de Perú, Buenos-Aires/Lima, 2020 (in print); Italian versión: “Condannati a la post-democrazia?”, in E. Profumi, A. M. Iacomo (eds.), Ripensare la politica. Immagini del possibile e dell’alterità, ET, Milan, 2019, p. 193-211. English version: “Condemned to post-democracy or authoritarianism?”, (under peer review).
  • «Could Sortition Random Selection and Deliberative Democracy Revitalize Politics in the Twenty-first Century?”, www.booksandideas.net/, 05/06/2012. Previous Italian version: “Sorteggio e democrazia deliberativa”, Le attualità nel diritto, 2016/2, 8 p. Previous French versions: « Tirage au sort et démocratie délibérative. Une piste pour renouveler la politique au XXIe siècle?», in J. Elster, A. Le Pillouer (ed.), A quoi servent les élections?, Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 2013, p. 73-90, and in: www.laviedesidees.fr, 05/06/2012.
  • “Die andere Wege der Demokratie. Eine Globalgeschichte”, Latenz, 1, 2016, p. 39-58. French version: “Les autres voies de la démocratie. Une perspective d'histoire globale”, in K. Benyekhlef (ed.), Au-delà de la représentation: les figures de la démocratie, Thémis, Montreal, 2017, p. 107-140.
  • «L'ère de la post-démocratie?», Le crieur, June 2016, p. 20-35. Reprint in P. Chastenet (ed.), Penser/panser la démocratie, Classiques Garnier, serie La Bibliothèque de science politique Paris, 2017, p. 315-333.

Book chapters (since 2015)

  • “Représentation”, in D. Fassin (dir.), La Société qui vient, Le Seuil, Paris, 2021 (in print).
  • “Postface: Participation, délibération et représentation dans la théorie démocratique”, in J. Mansbridge, Dispositifs de la démocratie. Entre participation, délibération et représentation, Larousse, Paris, 2021 (in print).
  • “Conclusion”, (together with S. Hayat and C. Péneau), in S. Hayat, C. Péneau, Y. Sinomer (eds.), La représentation avant le gouvernement représentatif, PUR, Rennes, 2020, p. 351-357.
  • “Introduction. Représenter avant le gouvernement représentatif”, (together with S. Hayat and C. Péneau), in S. Hayat, C. Péneau, Y. Sinomer (eds.), La représentation avant le gouvernement représentatif, PUR, Rennes, 2020, p. 7-28.
  • “Left-wing Populism in Europe: Theory and Practice”, in Li Quiang, Duan Demin (eds.), Europa at the Crossroad. Right-wing politics and the future of Europe (in Chinese), Commercial Press, Beijing, 2019, p. 152-184.
  • “Postface: Émile Durkheim, penseur du républicanisme, de la démocratie et de l’État social”, in E. Durkheim, Sociologie politique, PUF, Paris, 2020, p. 437-469.
  • “Postface”, in A. Borlenghi et alii (eds.), Voter dans l’Antiquité.  Pratiques, lieux et finalités en Grèce, à Rome et en Gaule, Editions de la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon, 2019, p. 519-526.
  • “Bürgerhaushalte” (together with. C. Herzberg and A. Röcke), in S. Veit et alii (eds.), Handbuch zur Verwaltungsreform, Berlin, Springer, 2018, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-21571-2_44-1.
  • “Cuotas de género, representación política e innovaciones democráticas. La ley sobre la paridad electoral entre mujeres y hombres en Francia al reflejo del subcontinente indio”, in J. Martínez Palacios (ed.), Innovaciones Democráticas Feministas, Dykinson, Barcelona, 2018, p. 25-56.
  • “Conclusion générale. Représentation, délibération et rhétorique entre théâtre et politique”, in N. Villacèque (ed.), A l’assemblée comme au théâtre. Pratiques délibératives des Anciens, perceptions et résonnances modernes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Rennes, 2018, p. 307-316.
  • “Le gouvernement représentatif”, in O. Christin, F. Worms (eds.), 100 mots de la République, PUF, Paris, 2017, p. 38-39.
  • “Quelles alternatives au système électoral?”, in B. Badie, D. Vidal (eds.), L’état du monde 2018, La Découverte, Paris, 2017, p. 174-180.
  • “Introduction: Scope and Challenges of Democratic Deliberation” (with S. Coleman and A. Przybylska), in S. Coleman, A. Przybylska, Y. Sintomer (eds.), Deliberation: values, processes, institutions, Peter Lang, Varsaw, 2015, p. 7-20.