He was born in Maids Moreton, England. He is well known for his contributions to democratic theory and environmental politics; making notable contributions on deliberative democracy, green, and environmental discourses.[examples needed]
He was previously the Professor of Social Theory and Political Theory in Australian National University's Political Science Program in the Research School of Social Sciences, and former Head of the Departments of Political Science at the Universities of Oregon and Melbourne and the Social and Political Theory program at ANU. He has been a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia since 1997, and is a former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science. In 2008 Dryzek was awarded a prestigious Federation Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.
He has a B.A. (Honours) in Economics and Politics from the University of Lancaster (1974), an M.Sc. in Politics from the University of Strathclyde (1976) and received a Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 1980.
- 1996. Democracy in Capitalist Times: Ideals, Limits, and Struggles, Description and chapter-preview links, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-510600-8
- 1997. The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses, Description, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-927739-1
- 2000a. Deliberative Democracy and Beyond: Liberals, Critics, Contestations, Description and and preview, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-925043-1
- 2000b. Rational Ecology: Environment and Political Economy, Blackburn Press. B&N description.
- 2009. Theories of the Democratic State, with Patrick Dunleavy, Description. Palgrave Macmillan.
- "Upheaval blamed as ANU staff move to better-paying UC jobs". The Age (on-line edition). Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- "Professor John Dryzek - School of Politics & International Relations - ANU". The Australian National University, Canberra. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
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