Rowman and Littlefield International

The Edges of Political Representation

Mapping, Critiquing and Pushing the Boundaries

Edited by Claire Dupont and Mihnea Tanasescu

Publication Date: Jun 2019

Pages 224

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The concept of political representation has expanded beyond the classical relationship between representative and the represented to encompass advocacy, group identities, non-human voices, future generations, non-democratic systems, symbols, virtual representation and broader interests. As such, literature on political representation stems from a wide range of viewpoints and scholarly traditions, with different norms and assumptions built in.

This volume aims to map and critique the ‘edges’ of political representation. By moving from a discussion in the classical electoral literature through feminist perspectives to different levels of representation, different understandings of who is represented and onto empirical studies of symbolic and virtual representation through participation, the contributions in this book provide a nuanced assessment while also presenting future avenues for research that go beyond the mainstream of research on political representation.

Taken together, the chapters provide a wide vista of political representation across several sub-disciplines in political science (political theory, political philosophy, party politics, electoral politics, feminism, European politics, minority politics, online governance etc.), and also open up new research avenues through a thorough investigation and critique of political representation in scholarship.
1. Introduction, Mihnea Tanasescu and Clair Dupont / 2. Electoral Representation, Kris Deschouwer / 3. From Underrepresentation to Ideal Representation: The Feminist Story / 4. Representation and Accountability of the European Union’s Role in Global Governance Institutions, Sebastian Oberthur / 5. Political Represention through the Prism of the Person, Mihnea Tanasescu / 6. Groups in Representation Theory: Should They Stay or Should They Go Now?, Eline Severs / 7. Representing Future Generations in Climate Policy, Claire Dupont / 8. ‘Black Pete’ and ‘Fat Maggie’: Cases of Contested Symbolic Representation, Ilke Adam, Soumia Akachar, Karen Celis, Serena D’Agostino and Eline Severs / 9. Political Engagement and the Internet in the European Union: When Participation (En)counters Representation, Ferran Davesa and Jamal Shahin / 10. Conclusions, Claire Dupont and Mihnea Tanasescu
Claire Dupont is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies and the Political Science Department, Vrije Universiteit in Brussels.

Mihnea Tanasescu is an FWO Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Political Science Department, Vrije Universiteit in Brussels.

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