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Interactive Political LeadershipThe Role of Politicians in the Age of Governance$
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Eva Sørensen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777953.001.0001

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Democratic Perspectives on Interactive Political Leadership

Democratic Perspectives on Interactive Political Leadership

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Interactive Political Leadership

Eva Sørensen

Oxford University Press

Representative democracy is in transition in theory as well as in practice, and this transition affects the way we think about political leadership and democratic representation. New theories of democracy challenge traditional understandings of what it entails to represent the people, and a mushrooming of new forms of political participation destabilizes traditional views of the role of citizens in democratic decision-making. Chapter 4 shows how these theoretical and empirical developments, which are partially triggered by inherent tensions in democratic thought, promote a turn towards interactive forms of political leadership. Interactive political leadership can potentially alleviate the tensions in democratic thought and strengthen the input legitimacy of representative democracy in times of declining trust in politicians. A turn to interactive political leadership is no panacea. It triggers new dilemmas and challenges for elected politicians.

Keywords:   participatory forms of democracy, interactive democracy, democratic representation, democratic tensions, direct democracy, assertive citizens

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