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Democratic Representation beyond Election
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2015 (English)In: Constellations, ISSN 1351-0487, E-ISSN 1467-8675, Vol. 22, no 1, 1-12 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article offers a framework for thinking about democratic representation beyond election. It argues, firstly, that modern democracy is a unique form of government made up of representative claims. To act on behalf of the people without electoral backup is therefore not foreign to modern democracy, but integral to its very operation. At the same time, not all claims to represent the people are necessarily democratic. In order to distinguish democratic from non-democratic representative claims, the article argues, secondly, that it is necessary to qualify what it means to act on behalf of the people, and that such qualification can be found in the principle of equality. The article concludes by exploring the significance of this framework for the crisis of electoral democracy.

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Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 22, no 1, 1-12 p.
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230725DOI: 10.1111/1467-8675.12123ISI: 000359828300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230725DiVA: diva2:741528
Available from: 2014-08-28 Created: 2014-08-28 Last updated: 2016-10-14Bibliographically approved

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