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The Representative Claim

Saward, Michael (2010). The Representative Claim. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

Representation is more than a matter of elections and parties. This book offers a radical new perspective on the subject. Representation, it argues, is all around us, a dynamic practise across societies rather than simply a fixed feature of government. At the heart of the argument is the straightforward but versatile notion of the representative claim. People claim to speak or stand for others in multiple, shifting, and surprising patterns. At the same time they offer images of their constituents and audiences as artists paint portraits. Who can speak for and about us in this volatile world of representations? Which representative claims can have democratic legitimacy?

The Representative Claim is set to transform our core assumptions about what representation is and can be. At a time when political representation is widely believed to be in crisis, the book provides a timely and critical corrective to conventional wisdom on the present and potential future of representative democracy.

Item Type: Authored Book
Copyright Holders: 2010 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-957938-5, 978-0-19-957938-9
Keywords: Representation; representative claim; representative democracy; performative; political parties; green politics; women and representation; future of democracy; political representation; elections; constituency; audience
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 19995
Depositing User: Michael Saward
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2010 13:37
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:28
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/19995
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