Oriol Vidal-Aparicio

Oriol Vidal-Aparicio

Public Administration and Policy PhD Candidate, Arizona State University

 Oriol Vidal-Aparicio is a PhD candidate in Public Administration and Policy at Arizona State University. His research revolves around participatory and deliberative democracy. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and a master’s degree in Political Science (Arizona State University).

His published work includes a book, 500 Preguntas al Nacionalismo Español (2006), and a book chapter with Michael Hechter, “Dynamics of Military Occupation” (2011). Since 2014 he is the spokesperson for Constitucio.Cat, a workgroup that drafted a constitution for an independent Republic of Catalonia and promotes citizen debate on government. Since 2008 he teaches political science and constitutional law at Glendale Community College.


Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

I believe that innovations in participatory democracy are important insofar as they can help tackle the now decades-long trend of decreasing trust in government that has recently reached an all-time-low in the U.S., and that affects many other liberal democracies around the globe.


What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

At the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference I hope to see an exploration of current democratic reform case studies, efforts at theorizing on the reasons why some participatory democratic reforms work and others do not, as well as papers that explore the challenges that need to be overcome to make our democratic institutions more trustworthy.