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The Representative Claim$
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Michael Saward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579389.001.0001

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Debates and interventions

Debates and interventions

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The Representative Claim

Michael Saward (Contributor Webpage)

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The broader usefulness of the claim‐based approach to political representation is addressed in this chapter. It takes up questions of the representation of women, future generations and ‘nature’, and the representative role of political parties in the past and the future. Factors that are central to the idea of the representative claim, such as non‐elective representation, the making of portrayals of the represented, and the multiple potential sites of representative practice are elaborated with respect to these important cases. The discussion shows how new light can be shed on important and familiar practices and controversies through the adoption of the representative claim framework, for example the decline of political parties, the role of legislative representation for women, and how non‐human nature might be represented politically.

Keywords:   the representative claim, political parties, the representation of women, the representation of nature, future generations

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