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Elections and Democracy: Representation and Accountability

Jacques Thomassen


This book addresses the contrast between the view that elections are a mechanism to hold government accountable and the view that they are a means to ensure that citizens’ views and interests are properly represented in the democratic process. The majoritarian and consensus models of democracy are the embodiment in institutional structures of these two different views of democracy. In the majoritarian view the single most important function of an election is the selection of a government. The concentration of power in the hands of an elected majority government makes it accountable to the peop ... More

Keywords: accountability, representation, elections, models of democracy, electoral systems, democratic institutions, legitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716334
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacques Thomassen, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of Twente

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