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The wider canvas: representation and democracy in state and society

Saward, Michael (2011). The wider canvas: representation and democracy in state and society. In: Alonso, Sonia; Keane, John and Merkel, Wolfgang eds. The Future of Representative Democracy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 74–95.

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The future of democracy will hinge in part on what practices we think of as representative, and how they might be, or become, democratic. Claims and practices of diverse actors, from NGOs to celebrity activists to spiritual leaders, and new devices of governance such as participatory budgets and citizens juries, are challenging received ideas of democratic representation. Elected national legislatures remain vital parts of this picture, as the contributions of Wessels and Beetham in this volume (chapters four and six) make clear. But there is a practical broadening and diversifying of representative claims and practices that has an impact on our very ideas of democratic representation. The core task of this chapter is to scan and interrogate key tensions that extending the idea of representation brings into focus.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2011 Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1-107-00356-3, 978-1-107-00356-9
Keywords: representative democracy; representative claim; Weber and legitimacy; democratic representation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 28445
Depositing User: Michael Saward
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2011 14:00
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:52
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