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The Politics of Presence

Anne Phillips


A number of contemporary democracies have introduced measures to ensure a more equitable representation of women and/or ethnic minority citizens within elected assemblies. These measures have included the use of gender quotas in the selection of parliamentary candidates, and the use of ‘race‐conscious’ districting to increase the electoral chances of ethnic minority representatives. Drawing on a distinction between the politics of ideas and the politics of presence, this book explores and defends the case for such measures. The politics of ideas considers accountability in relation to declared ... More

Keywords: democracy, essentialism, ethnic minority, gender, group representation, political presence, political representation, quotas, race, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294153
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294158.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Phillips, author
London Guildhall University
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