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Representative Government and Elections (routledge Chapter)

Mark Rush
Washington and Lee University
United States

Representative Government and Elections Mark Rush Washington and Lee University My chapter in the Routledge volume

This paper places the notion of representative government in classic and contemporary contexts. It addresses the tensions within democratic theory concerning what constitutes “the will of the people,” the notion of “fair and effective representation,” and how changes in the context in which elections are conducted affect our understanding of democracy and representation. These changes have resulted from technological advances, legal reforms and, paradoxically, the democratization of politics and political power.



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