Representation and Democratic Theory

Representation and Democratic Theory

By: David Laycock (editor)Paperback

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With public confidence in representative institutions dropping to distressing levels, it is time for political theorists to turn their attention to representation, and to reconceive its normative foundations and connections to other aspects of a revived public life. This volume investigates theoretical and practical aspects of innovative political representation in the early 21st century. Some contributors tackle problematic dimensions of representation head on, while others explore democratic participation and deliberation, multicultural pluralism, contested citizenship, and other background conditions of contemporary representation. Still others consider the challenges posed to representation by national minorities, national boundaries, multinational and federal governance, and cultural and social obstacles to either individual or group autonomy. Throughout, the volume reveals the complexity of contemporary political representation, and demonstrates how normative attention to the problem of representation can crystallize and illuminate debates over the nature of justice, equality, citizenship and deliberation in modern democratic politics. A crucial supplement to empirical studies of conventional political representation, Representation and Democratic Theory offers a timely and thought-provoking contribution to contemporary democratic theory. It will be a necessary and welcome addition to the libraries of many political and social scientists.

About Author

David Laycock is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University.


Acknowledgments Introduction / David Laycock Part 1: Representation in Response to Minority Rights, Multiculturalism and Institutional Complexity 1. When (if ever) Are Referendums on Minority Rights Fair? / Avigail Eisenberg 2. Language, Representation, and Suprastate Democracy: Questions Facing the European Union / Peter Ives 3. Getting to Yes: People, Practices, and the Paradox of Multicultural Democracy / Catherine Frost 4. Feminist Engagement with Federal Institutions: Opportunities and Constraints for Women's Multilevel Citizenship / Louise Chappell Part 2: Reconceiving Representation through Citizenship and Community 5. Sharing the River: Aboriginal Representation in Canadian Political Institutions / Melissa S. Williams 6. The Self-Government of Unbounded Communities: Emancipatory Minority Autonomy in China and Western Europe / Susan J. Henders 7. What Do Citizens Need to Share? Citizenship as Reasonableness / Jonathan Quong Part 3: Pluralist, Deliberative, and Participatory Challenges to Representation 8. The New Constitutionalism and the Polarizing Performance of the Canadian Conversation / Gerald Kernerman 9. Demanding Deliberative Democracy and Representation / Greg Pyrcz 10. What Can Democratic Participation Mean Today? / Mark E. Warren 11. Representing Pluralism: A Comment on Pyrcz, Warren, and Kernerman / Simone Chambers Conclusion References Notes on Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774810791
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780774810791
  • weight: 420
  • ISBN10: 0774810793

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