Adams's research focuses on democracy on a local level. he has done research on both electoral and non-electoral participation in cities, with a particular focus on explaining why local governments do not reach their democratic potential.
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Develops a theoretical framework for understanding how decentralization can influence policy outcomes.
Explores how citizens deal with disagreements when they arise during deliberation.
explores whether deliberators give reasons and evidence to support their conclusions when discussing public policy issues
Explores the role of money in local election and the efficacy of campaign finance reform efforts on a local level.
Explores how citizens attempt to influence local policy issues through non-electoral participation.