Jonathan William Kuyper

Associate Professor - Institutt for Statsvitenskap
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Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1097 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Other affiliations Institutt for pedagogikk (Student)

Academic interests

I am a political theorist and international relations scholar. I work mainly with democratic theory, with a special focus on deliberative democracy. I am interested in how democratic theory can be employed to understand changes in domestic politics brought about by globalization, as well as offers ways to respond to these changes. I work on these topics across issue areas such as intellectual property rights, climate change, trade, and investment. 

I work primarily with normative theory and methods, but also employ both qualitative and quantitative methods in my research.

Keywords: democratic theory; deliberative democracy; global governance; globalization; climate change; non-state actors


Prior to commencing at the University of Oslo, I was as an assistant professor at Queen's University Belfast. Prior to this, I was a postdoc and then research fellow at Stockholm University, as well as a postdoctoral researcher here at the University of Oslo. My google scholar page is here.


  • (2017-2020) “The Politicization of Global Governance: Democratic Legitimacy in TTIP and TPP”. Principal Investigator. €250,000. Funded by Riksbanken Jubileumsfund. 

  • (2016-2019) "Fragmentation in Climate Governance," Swedish Energy Agency. Stockholm, Sweden; Lund, Sweden; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Oxford, The UK. Co-investigator. €600,000.

  • (2009-2012) “Ph.D. Scholarship,” The Australian National University. Awarded as part of Prof. John Dryzek’s Federation Fellowship Fund. $70,000 AUD.

  • (2016) “Short Term Scientific Mission,” COST grant recipient to attend the University of Oxford€2,500.

  • (2011-12) “Endeavour Award Recipient,” Australian Department of Education (DEEWR) to attend Princeton University, $25,000 AUD.


  • (2016) Visiting Researcher, The University of Oxford.   
  • (2015) Visiting Researcher, The University of Canberra.
  • (2009-10) Visiting Ph.D. Researcher, The European University Institute.

Positions held

  • (2018-2020) Assistant Professor, Queen's University Belfast
  • (2016-207) Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oslo
  • (2013-15) Research Fellow, Stockholm University
  • (2009-2013) Ph.D. Candidate, The Australian National University



Tags: Democracy, Political theory, International relations



  • Dryzek JS, Bowman Q, Kuyper JW, Pickering J, Sass J, & Stevenson H. 2019. Deliberative Global Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Collections

  • Bäckstrand K, Kuyper JW, Linnér B-O, and E Lövbrand . 2017. Non-State Actors in the New Landscape of Climate Cooperation,” Special issue in Environmental Politics

Articles in International Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Kuyper JW, Moffitt B. 2020. Transnational Populism, Democracy, and Representation: Pitfalls and Potentialities. Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric 12(02): 27-49.

  • Erman E, Kuyper JW. 2020. Global democracy and feasibility: A non-binary view. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 23(3): 311-31.

  • Kuyper JW, Wolkenstein F. 2019. Complementing and correcting representative institutions: When and how to use mini‐publics. European Journal of Political Research 58(2): 656-75.

  • Kuyper JW. 2018. Democratic Legitimacy beyond the State: Politicization, Representation, and a Systemic Framework. Moral Philosophy and Politics 5(2): 281-303.

  • Kuyper JW. 2018. The instrumental value of deliberative democracy-or, do we have good reasons to be deliberative democrats?. Journal of Deliberative Democracy 14(1): 1-35.

  • Kuyper JW, Schroeder H, Linnér B-O. 2018. The evolution of the UNFCCC. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 43: 343–68.

  • Kuyper JW, Linnér BO, Schroeder H. 2018. Non‐state actors in hybrid global climate governance: justice, legitimacy, and effectiveness in a post‐Paris era. WIREs Climate Change 9(1): 1–18.

  • Bäckstrand K, Kuyper JW. 2017. The democratic legitimacy of orchestration: the UNFCCC, non-state actors, and transnational climate governance. Environmental Politics 26(4): 764–88.

  • Bäckstrand K, Kuyper JW, Linnér B-O, Lövbrand E. 2017. Non-state actors in global climate governance: from Copenhagen to Paris and beyond. Environmental Politics 26(4): 561–79.

  • Kuyper JW, Bäckstrand K, Schroeder H. 2017. Institutional accountability of nonstate actors in the UNFCCC: Exit, voice, and loyalty. Review of Policy Research 34(1): 88-109.

  • Kuyper JW, Squatrito T. 2017. International courts and global democratic values: Participation, accountability, and justification. Review of International Studies 43(1): 152-76.

  • Kuyper JW. 2017. The means and ends of deliberative democracy: Rejoinder to Gunn. Critical Review 29(3): 328-50.

  • Kuyper JW. 2016. Advancing Justice and Democracy ‘Beyond’ the State: Feasibility through Flexibility. Political Studies 64(2): 417-435.

  • Kuyper JW and Drzyek SJ. 2016. Real, Not Nominal, Global Democracy: A Reply to Keohane. International Journal of Constitutional Law 14(4): 930-37.

  • Kuyper JW. 2016. Systemic Representation: Democracy, Deliberation, and Non-Electoral Representatives. American Political Science Review 110(2): 308-24.

  • Bäckstrand K and Kuyper JW. 2016. Accountability and Representation: Non-State Actors in UN Climate Diplomacy. Global Environmental Politics 16(2): 61-81.

  • Kuyper JW. 2015. Deliberative Capacity in the Intellectual Property Rights Regime Complex. Critical Policy Studies 9(3): 317-338.

  • Kuyper JW. 2015. Democratic Deliberation in the Modern World: The Systemic Turn. Critical Review 27(1): 49-63.
  • Kuyper JW. 2015. Against Global Parliament. Swiss Political Science Review 21(1): 158-79.
  • Kuyper JW. 2015. Transformative pathways to world government: a historical institutionalist critique. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 28(4): 657–679.
  • Kuyper JW. 2014. The Democratic Potential of Systemic Pluralism. Global Constitutionalism 3(2): 170-99. 
  • Kuyper JW. 2014. Global Democratization and International Regime Complexity. European Journal of International Relations 20(3): 620-46.
  • Kuyper JW. 2013. Designing Institutions for Global Democracy: Flexibility through Escape Clauses and Sunset Provisions. Ethics and Global Politics 6(4): 195-215.
  • Kuyper JW. 2012. Deliberative Democracy and the Neglected Dimension of Leadership. Journal of Deliberative Democracy 8(1): 1-32.
  • Kuyper JW. 2010. Global Governance and the Democratic Deficit. Alternative Law Journal 35(3): 169-170.

Book Chapters

  • Erman E, Kuyper JW. 2020. Global democracy and feasibility. In: Legitimacy Beyond the State Normative and Conceptual Questions, edited by NP Adams, A Scherz, and C Schmelzle (London: Taylor & Francis).

  • Kuyper JW. 2020. Democratic Deficits. In: The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by G Ritzer and C Rojek (London: John Wiley & Sons). 

  • Kuyper JW. 2015. Gridlock in Global Climate Change Negotiations: Two Democratic Arguments against Minilateralism. In: The Ethics of Climate Governance (eds.) C McKinnon and A Maltais. Rowan and Littlefield Press.


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