The Concept of Constituency: Political Representation, Democratic Legitimacy, and Institutional Design

The Concept of Constituency: Political Representation, Democratic Legitimacy, and Institutional Design

by Andrew Rehfeld
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521057329

ISBN-13: 9780521057325

Pub. Date: 03/24/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Using the case of the founding period of the United States as an illustration and drawing from classic sources in Western political theory, this book describes the conceptual, historical, and normative features of the electoral constituency. As an institution conceptually separate from the casting of votes, the electoral constituency is little studied. Its historical…  See more details below

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Using the case of the founding period of the United States as an illustration and drawing from classic sources in Western political theory, this book describes the conceptual, historical, and normative features of the electoral constituency. As an institution conceptually separate from the casting of votes, the electoral constituency is little studied. Its historical origins are often incorrectly described. And as a normative matter, the constituency is almost completely ignored. Raising these conceptual, historical, and normative issues, the argument culminates with a novel thought experiment of imagining how politics might change under randomized, permanent, national electoral constituencies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521057325
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/24/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IConceptual foundations : on constituency and political representation
1Introduction3
2The concept of constituency29
Pt. IIHistorical justifications : on the origins of territorial constituencies in the United States
3Justifications and the use of history55
4The English and colonial origins of territorial constituencies in the United States69
5Origins, Part 1 : what territorial representation was not meant to do81
6Origins, Part 2 : territorial representation as an enabler of democratic values117
Pt. IIINormative applications : on legitimate representation and institutional design
7Territory reconsidered145
8Legitimate representation and institutional design : for permanent, involuntary, heterogeneous constituencies177
9Random constituencies209
10Epilogue : the random constituency fifty years from now240

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