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The Representative claim

Saward, Michael (2006). The Representative claim. Contemporary Political Theory, 5(3) pp. 297–318.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.cpt.9300234
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Abstract

Recent work on the idea of political representation has challenged effectively orthodox accounts of constituency and interests. However, discussions of representation need to focus more on its dynamics prior to further work on its forms. To that end, the idea of the representative claim is advanced and defended. Focusing on the representative claim helps us to: link aesthetic and cultural representation with political representation; grasp the importance of performance to representation; take non-electoral representation seriously; and to underline the contingency and contestability of all forms of representation. The article draws upon a range of sources and ideas to sketch a new, broader and more complex picture of the representative claim which — despite the complexity — helps us to reconnect representation theory to pressing real-world challenges.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2006 Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
ISSN: 1476-9336
Keywords: political representation; claims; democracy
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 6323
Depositing User: Michael Saward
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2012 11:10
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/6323
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