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Reclaiming Representation: Contemporary Advances in the Theory of Political Representation / Edition 1

Reclaiming Representation: Contemporary Advances in the Theory of Political Representation / Edition 1

by Monica Brito Vieira


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Representation is integral to the functioning and legitimacy of modern government. Yet political theorists have often been reluctant to engage directly with questions of representation, and empirical political scientists have closed down such questions by making representation synonymous with congruence. Conceptually unproblematic and normatively inert for some, representation has been deemed impossible to pin down analytically and to defend normatively by others. But this is changing. Political theorists are now turning to political representation as a subject worthy of theoretical investigation on its own right. In their effort to rework the theory of political representation, they are also hoping to impact how representation is assessed and studied empirically.

This volume gathers together chapters by key contributors to what amounts to a "representative turn" in political theory. Their approaches and emphases are diverse, but taken together they represent a compelling and original attempt at re-conceptualizing political representation and critically assessing the main theoretical and political implications following from this, namely for how we conceive and assess representative democracy. Each contributor is invited to look back and ahead on the transformations to democratic self-government introduced by the theory and practice of political representation. Representation and democracy: outright conflict, uneasy cohabitation, or reciprocal constitutiveness? For those who think democracy would be better without representation, this volume is a must-read: it will question their assumptions, while also exploring some of the reasons for their discomfort.

The Representative Turn in Democratic Theory is essential reading for scholars, and graduate researchers committed to staying on top of new developments in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138928510
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/25/2017
Series: Routledge Innovations in Political Theory Series
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mónica Brito Vieira (Ph.D Cambridge 2005) is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics of the University of York. Her overlapping areas of interest are the intellectual history, the history of political thought, and contemporary political theory. In recent years, her research has focused on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and on the history and theory of political representation.

Table of Contents


Mónica Brito Vieira

Part I: Understanding Political Representation

Chapter 1: Performative Imaginaries: Pitkin versus Hobbes on Political Representation

Mónica Brito Vieira

Chapter 2: What is Representation? On Being and Becoming a Representative

Andrew Rehfeld

Chapter 3: Performative Representation

Michael Saward

Part II: Representation and Legitimacy

Chapter 4: The Two Cultures of Democratic Theory: Responsiveness, Democratic Quality, and the Empirical-Normative Divide

Andrew Sabl

Chapter 5: Toward a Mobilization Conception of Democratic Representation

Lisa Disch

Part III: Representation and Democracy

Chapter 6: Representative Democracy is Classless

Sofia Nässtrom

Chapter 7: The Democratic Tenor of Representation

Nadia Urbinati

Chapter 8: Representing Affected Interests

Laura Montanaro

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