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Creating Political Presence: The New Politics of Democratic Representation

Dario Castiglione and Johannes Pollak


For at least two centuries, democratic representation and how it should work has been at the center of many disputes. Representative democracy itself, though arguably the dominant political form of constitutional states, remains a frequent focus of contestation, regarded as incapable of reflecting the will of the masses, or inadequate in today’s global governance. This view of democratic representation, based on a reflective and responsive mode, has lately been under attack for its failure to capture the performative and constructive elements of the process of representation. By contrast, the ... More

Keywords: representation, democratic representation, democratic theory, representative turn, constructivist turn, inclusion, empowerment, representative system, crisis of representation, populism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226588360
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226588674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dario Castiglione, editor
University of Exeter

Johannes Pollak, editor
Webster Vienna Private University

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