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Creating Political PresenceThe New Politics of Democratic Representation$
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Dario Castiglione and Johannes Pollak

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226588360

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226588674.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Creating Political Presence

Dario Castiglione

Johannes Pollak

University of Chicago Press

The crisis of representative democracy is a commonplace in contemporary political debates. Considered as the dominant political form of the modern constitutional state in advanced industrial societies, representative democracy is increasingly seen as incapable of satisfying the demands of participation, recognition, and governance that come from society at large. Moreover, its institutional machinery is often regarded as inadequate to deal with the greatly intensified speed and complexities of decision-making in the politics of the global age. In different ways, populism and antipolitics, the dominance and personalization of executive power, societal self-regulation, and technocratic power all seem to challenge the traditional institutions, practices, and principles of representative democracy. As suggested by the late Peter Mair (...

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