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Research Handbook on Political Representation

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Research Handbook on Political Representation

9781788977081 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Maurizio Cotta, Senior Professor, University of Siena and Federico Russo, Associate Professor, University of Salento, Italy
Publication Date: December 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 708 1 Extent: c 384 pp
At a time when political representation can be said to be facing its ultimate crisis, this crucial work clarifies the terms of the debate, providing an up-to date analysis of the main conceptual and institutional controversies that have arisen surrounding this topic. Written by leading scholars in the field, contributions focus on how representation is conceptualised and its relation to democracy.

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At a time when political representation can be said to be facing its ultimate crisis, this crucial work clarifies the terms of the debate, providing an up-to-date analysis of the main conceptual and institutional controversies that have arisen surrounding this topic.

Written by leading scholars in the field, contributions focus on how representation is conceptualised and its relation to democracy, examining how political institutions in different historical periods (ranging from the middle ages to the modern day) have ensured representation based on demands of various social forces. This Research Handbook also encapsulates the directions taken by the main strands of empirical research in political representation within the context of liberal democracies and beyond. Overall, this provides a major contribution to the growing understanding of one of the most important institutional inventions of contemporary politics.

The Research Handbook on Political Representation is a comprehensive and agile guide to the main bodies of literature on representation for academic researchers in political science, sociology and history. It will also guide post-graduate and graduate students of the same fields in the exploration of the crucial research questions arising from the concept and reality of political representation.
Critical Acclaim
‘Representation, which is at the heart of our system of liberal democracy, frames a series of key questions including: who are our representatives, who are they representing, how they represent, and how that process evolves over time. This study provides a comprehensive overview of the key theories and main forms of representation, the varying institutional contexts, and the various ways the concept can be measured and assessed. This Handbook promises to be the definitive study of this subject.’
– David Farrell, University College Dublin, Ireland
Contributors
Contributors include: R.B. Andeweg, H. Best, M.B. Brown, I. Budge, D. Caramani, D. Castiglione, L. Chaqués Bonafont, A. Chiaramonte, M. Cotta, B. Denters, Z. Haaparinne, M. Hänni, P. Ihalainen, M.L. Krook, M. Lisi, T. Louwerse, J. Lovenduski, L. Morlino, E. Naurin, M. Nemčok, Z. Papp, F. Russo, T. Saalfeld, E. Severs, A. Siaroff, J. Steiner, R. Thomson, L. Thorlakson, S. Tormey, L. Verzichelli, L. Vogel, H. Wass
Contents
Contents:

General introduction to the Research Handbook on Political Representation xii
Maurizio Cotta and Federico Russo

SECTION I CONCEPTUAL AND THEORETICAL DISCUSSIONS
1 Political representation: concepts, theories and practices in historical
perspective 3
Federico Russo and Maurizio Cotta
2 The system of democratic representation and its normative principles 16
Dario Castiglione
3 Democracy and representation 36
Mark B. Brown
4 Policy responsiveness and democratic quality 48
Leonardo Morlino
5 Legitimacy and hegemony: two accounts of non-electoral representation 58
Eline Severs
6 Challenges to political representation: participatory democracy, direct
democracy and populism 70
Simon Tormey

SECTION II HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY MODELS OF
POLITICAL REPRESENTATION
7 From estate representation to the representation of the people and the
nation in the Age of Revolutions 84
Pasi Ihalainen and Zachris Haaparinne
8 Individualistic representation in the liberal century – and beyond 98
Heinrich Best and Lars Vogel
9 Party-based representation: the paradox of democracy 109
Ian Budge
10 Corporatism and representation 121
Alan Siaroff
11 Technocratic representation 135
Daniele Caramani
12 Representation in authoritarian regimes 148
Maurizio Cotta

SECTION III THE INSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS OF REPRESENTATION
13 Electoral systems and representation 161
Alessandro Chiaramonte
14 Territorial and multilevel representation 171
Lori Thorlakson
15 Local jurisdiction size and political representation 183
Bas Denters
16 Electoral quotas and group representation 198
Mona Lena Krook
17 The political representation of women: a feminist institutionalist perspective 210
Joni Lovenduski
18 Ethnic minorities and representation 222
Miriam Hänni and Thomas Saalfeld

SECTION IV REPRESENTATION AT WORK: OUTPUTS AND OUTCOMES
19 Types of democratic representative 239
Luca Verzichelli
20 Selecting representatives: methods and practices 253
Marco Lisi
21 Constituency service: incentives and consequences 266
Zsófia Papp
22 Measuring representation: policy congruence 276
Tom Louwerse and Rudy B. Andeweg
23 The fulfilment of election pledges 289
Elin Naurin and Robert Thomson
24 Interest groups and political representation 301
Laura Chaqués Bonafont
25 Responsiveness, the dynamic aspect of representation 314
Federico Russo
26 What to expect when you are expecting: preferences for representation
among voters and political elites 326
Hanna Wass and Miroslav Nemčok
27 Representation and deliberation 338
Jürg Steiner

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