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The Representative Claim

Michael Saward


In an era of disaffection from traditional political institutions and the rise of transnational politics, the need to rethink political representation – who speaks for whom and with what authority – has taken on a new and practical urgency. This book offers and defends an innovative approach to the topic, built around the straightforward but versatile idea of the ‘representative claim’. Representation is defined broadly as a dynamic process of claim‐making, and not solely an institutional fact deriving from election. The book shows how the idea of the representative claim provides critical pur ... More

Keywords: representation, representative claim, representative democracy, performative, political parties, green politics, women and representation, future of democracy, political representation, elections, constituency, audience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579389
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Saward, author
Professor of Politics, The Open University
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