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Systemic Representation: Democracy, Deliberation, and Nonelectoral Representatives
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Number of Authors: 1
2016 (English)In: American Political Science Review, ISSN 0003-0554, E-ISSN 1537-5943, Vol. 110, no 2, 308-324 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the relationship between non-electoral representatives and democratic legitimacy by combining the recent constructivist turn in political representation with systemic work in deliberative theory. Two core arguments are advanced. First, non-electoral representatives should be judged by their position in a wider democratic system. Second, deliberative democracy offers a productive toolkit by which to evaluate these agents. I develop a framework of systemic representation which depicts the elemental parts of a democratic system and assigns normative standards according to the space occupied. The framework gives priority of democratic analysis to the systemic level. This helps mitigate a central concern in the constructivist turn which suggests that representatives mobilize constituencies in ways that are susceptible to framing and manipulation. I engage in case-study analysis of the collapsed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to unpack the different spaces occupied by non-electoral representative and elucidate the varied democratic demands that hinge on this positioning.

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2016. Vol. 110, no 2, 308-324 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134183DOI: 10.1017/S0003055416000095ISI: 000382561900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-134183DiVA: diva2:1040696
Available from: 2016-10-28 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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