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    Representative Democracy as Tautology.Sofia Näsström - 2006 - European Journal of Political Theory 5 (3):321-342.
    Representative democracy is often assessed from the standpoint of direct democracy. Recently, however, many theorists have come to argue that representation forms a democratic model in its own right. The most powerful claim in this direction is to be found within two quite different strands of thinking: the aesthetic theory of Frank Ankersmit and the savage theory of Claude Lefort. In this article, I show that while Ankersmit and Lefort converge in their critique of direct rule, they (...)
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  2. Must Egalitarians Condemn Representative Democracy?Adam Lovett - 2021 - Social Theory and Practice 1 (1):171-198.
    Many contemporary democratic theorists are democratic egalitarians. They think that the distinctive value of democracy lies in equality. Yet this position faces a serious problem. All contemporary democracies are representative democracies. Such democracies are highly unequal: representatives have much more power than do ordinary citizens. So, it seems that democratic egalitarians must condemn representative democracies. In this paper, I present a solution to this problem. My solution invokes popular control. If representatives are under popular control, then their (...)
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  3. Representative Democracy and Social Equality.Sean Ingham - 2021 - American Political Science Review:1-13.
    When are inequalities in political power undemocratic, and why? While some writers condemn any inequalities in political power as a deviation from the ideal of democracy, this view is vulnerable to the simple objection that representative democracies concentrate political power in the hands of elected officials rather than distributing it equally among citizens, but they are no less democratic for it. Building on recent literature that interprets democracy as part of a broader vision of social equality, I (...)
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    Representative Democracy: Principles and Genealogy.Nadia Urbinati - 2006 - University of Chicago Press.
    It is usually held that representative government is not strictly democratic, since it does not allow the people themselves to directly make decisions. But here, taking as her guide Thomas Paine’s subversive view that “Athens, by representation, would have surpassed her own democracy,” Nadia Urbinati challenges this accepted wisdom, arguing that political representation deserves to be regarded as a fully legitimate mode of democratic decision making—and not just a pragmatic second choice when direct democracy is not possible. (...)
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    Representative democracy and the ‘spirit of resistance’ from Constant to Tocqueville.Iain McDaniel - 2018 - History of European Ideas 44 (4):433-448.
    ABSTRACTThe role of resistance in the politics of modern representative democracies is historically contested, and remains far from clear. This article seeks to explore historical thinking on this subject through a discussion of what Benjamin Constant and Alexis de Tocqueville had to say about resistance and its relationship to ‘representative government’ and democracy. Neither thinker is usually seen as a significant contributor to ‘resistance theory’ as this category is conventionally understood. But, in addition to their more familiar (...)
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    Representative Democracy and Democratic Struggles from Below.Dominique Leydet - 2023 - In Dimitrios Karmis & Jocelyn Maclure (eds.), Civic Freedom in an Age of Diversity: The Public Philosophy of James Tully. McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 123-145.
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    Debating representative democracy.Carlo Invernizzi Accetti, Alessandro Mulieri, Hubertus Buchstein, Dario Castiglione, Lisa Disch, Jason Frank, Yves Sintomer & Nadia Urbinati - 2016 - Contemporary Political Theory 15 (2):205-242.
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    Representative Democracy and the Public Trust.Evelyn Keyes - 2003 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (1):29-35.
    The “Idea of Intrinsic Equality” is central to democracy, but in what respects are persons intrinsically equal, and what requirements, if any, does their equality impose on a process for making collective decisions? This paper seeks to answer that question with respect to our own representative democracy. It examines three theories of collective decision-making that arguably characterize the democratic process under the United States Constitution. It concludes that, while all preserve the Idea of Intrinsic Equality in the (...)
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  9. The Future of Representative Democracy.Sonia Alonso, John Keane & Wolfgang Merkel (eds.) - 2011 - Cambridge University Press.
    The Future of Representative Democracy poses important questions about representation, representative democracy and their future. Inspired by the last major investigation of the subject by Hanna Pitkin over four decades ago, this ambitious volume fills a major gap in the literature by examining the future of representative forms of democracy in terms of present-day trends and past theories of representative democracy. Aware of the pressing need for clarifying key concepts and institutional trends, (...)
     
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  10. Modern representative democracy: intellectual genealogy and drawbacks.Pasquale Pasquino - 2018 - In Bela Kapossy, Isaac Nakhimovsky, Sophus A. Reinert & Richard Whatmore (eds.), Markets, morals, politics: jealousy of trade and the history of political thought. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
     
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    The Promise of Representative Democracy: Deliberative Responsiveness.Claudia Landwehr & Armin Schäfer - forthcoming - Res Publica:1-21.
    In the eyes of its citizens, liberal democracy is connected to at least three promises—the promises of autonomy, equality and rationality. To what extent citizens can view these promises as being fulfilled will affect political trust and support for democracy. The rise of populism and trends towards technocratic government have rightly been interpreted as arising from a gap between normative aspirations and institutional and practical realities. Does this mean that we should adjust our ideals to reality, or that (...)
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    Pierre-Antoine Antonelle and representative democracy in the French Revolution.Minchul Kim - 2018 - History of European Ideas 44 (3):344-369.
    ABSTRACTThis article examines the political thought of Pierre-Antoine Antonelle, a prominent democrat during the French Revolution. In pamphlets and newspaper articles between 1795 and 1799 he put forth an elaborate theory of ‘representative democracy’ which was a novel and radical vision of political reform and republican international order. His political and economic plan for a democratic future was focused on conceptualizing a realistic transition path to a genuinely republican society. In the wake of historians who pointed out the (...)
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    Flip-Flopping in a Representative Democracy.Jorn Sonderholm - 2019 - Public Affairs Quarterly 33 (1):21-40.
    This paper addresses an important question in normative political theory—Main Question: In a representative democracy, can a member of a legislature legitimately flip-flop and vote in accordance with the majority view on Issue when she—prior to getting knowledge, through a referendum result, of what the majority view is on Issue—has defended and recommended to voters a view that is logically inconsistent with the majority view? This paper defends an affirmative answer to the Main Question. The last section raises (...)
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    Justifying types of representative democracy: a response.Steffen Ganghof - 2024 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 27 (2):282-293.
    This article responds to critical reflections on my Beyond Presidentialism and Parliamentarism by Sarah Birch, Kevin J. Elliott, Claudia Landwehr and James L. Wilson. It discusses how different types of representative democracy, especially different forms of government (presidential, parliamentary or hybrid), can be justified. It clarifies, among other things, the distinction between procedural and process equality, the strengths of semi-parliamentary government, the potential instability of constitutional designs, and the difference that theories can make in actual processes of constitutional (...)
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    Science and representative democracy: experts and citizens.Mauro Dorato - 2023 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    Mauro Dorato charts pressing debates within the philosophy of science that centre around scientific expertise, access to knowledge, consensus, debate, and decision-making. This English-language translation of Disinformazione Scientifica e Democrazia argues that the advancement of science depends on an exponential process of specialization, accompanied by the creation of technical languages that are less and less accessible to the general public. Dorato reveals how such a process must align with representative forms of democracies, in which knowledge and decision-making ought to (...)
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    Voter incompetence and the legitimacy of representative democracy.Andreas T. Christiansen - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.
    Ever since its inception, democracy has been subjected to the objection that ordinary citizens are not fit to rule. I discuss and criticize the most influential contemporary version of this argument, due to Jason Brennan, according to which democracy is illegitimate because voters are incompetent. I accept two core premises of Brennan’s argument – that legitimacy requires competence, and that voters are incompetent (in the sense of competence Brennan accepts) – but reject the conclusion that representative (...) is illegitimate. I show that the argument can be interpreted as making two different claims: (1) That the democratic policymaking process as a whole is incompetent, and democratic policies therefore illegitimate; (2) that only democratic elections are incompetent, which either (a) makes democratic policies illegitimate or (b) makes elections themselves illegitimate. Each of these claims is false: (1) is false because voter incompetence does not taint the policymaking process sufficiently; (2a) is false because incompetent elections do not imply that policies made post-election are illegitimate; and (2b) is false because electoral decisions are not the kinds of things that can be illegitimate in the appropriate way. Finally, I address three potential criticisms of my defense of democracy: (i) that I set the bar for voters’ performance too low, (ii) that the representative democracy I defend is not really democratic, and (iii) that Brennan’s argument is an argument for replacing democracy with epistocracy, rather than for the illegitimacy of representative democracy. (shrink)
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  17. Representative Democracy in Britain Today. By Colin Pilkington.T. Bale - 1998 - The European Legacy 3:133-133.
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    An Institutional Duty to Vote: Applying Role Morality in Representative Democracy.Kevin J. Elliott - forthcoming - Political Theory.
    Is voting a duty of democratic citizenship? This article advances a new argument for the existence of a duty to vote. It argues that every normative account of electoral representation requires universal turnout to function in line with its own internal normative logic. This generates a special obligation for citizens to vote in electoral representative contexts as a function of the role morality of democratic citizenship. Because voting uniquely authorizes office holding in representative democracies, and because universal turnout (...)
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    Crisis of political parties and representative democracies: rethinking parties in associational, experimentalist governance.Veit Bader - 2014 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 17 (3):350-376.
    The contrast between the normative functions of political parties in representative democracies and their empirical working is stark and rapidly increasing. This article starts from a sober, realist account of the empirical state of affairs and from structural problems of democracy and participations – in terms of limits of time, information, qualification and relevant expertise – that have to be acknowledged by any realist–utopian proposal of alternatives beyond the exclusive alternative of ‘thin, realist democracy’ or emphatic ‘strong, (...)
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    Representative, deputy, or delegate? Jeremy Bentham’s theory of representative democracy.James Vitali - 2021 - History of European Ideas 47 (8):1315-1330.
    This article argues that Jeremy Bentham put forward a distinctive and original theory of representative democracy which can be helpfully analysed through his concept of the ‘deputy’. A deputy, Bentham argued, evoked a specific political relationship between governors and the governed – a relationship that was functionally different to that between the people and a ‘representative’ or a ‘delegate’. Whereas a representative was suggestive of too great a degree of governmental independence from the people and a (...)
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    The Institutionalisation of Representative Democracy in Korea, 1948–2007.Th A. J. Toonen & Florian Grotz - 2007 - In Th A. J. Toonen & Florian Grotz (eds.), Crossing Borders: Constitutional Development and Internationalisation: Essays in Honour of Joachim Jens Hesse. De Gruyter Recht.
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    Jeremy Bentham and Representative Democracy: A Study of the Constitutional Code.Frederick Rosen - 1986 - Philosophical Review 95 (3):483-487.
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    The moral distinctiveness of representative democracy.George Kateb - 1981 - Ethics 91 (3):357-374.
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    Associative democracy and the crises of representative democracies.Veit-Michael Bader - 2023 - New York, NY: Routledge. Edited by Marcel Maussen.
    The familiar problems of democratic capitalism have given way to a deep crisis challenging the basic forms of governance introduced around the late 18th century and then gradually expanded and developed until the late 20th century. Associative Democracy and the Crises of Representative Democracies argues that we are in urgent need of normative guidelines and a strong understanding of a broad range of institutional options and innovative experiments in associative democracy in order to address the structural problems (...)
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  25. Leadership in a representative democracy.Eric Beerbohm - 2022 - In Edward Hall & Andrew Sabl (eds.), Political Ethics: A Handbook. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
     
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    Direct Democracy and Representative Democracy.Paolo Bellini - forthcoming - Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche.
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    Are There Alternatives to Representative Democracy?Norberto Bobbio - 1978 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1978 (35):17-30.
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    Conflict, consensus, and liberty in J. S. Mill’s representative democracy.Gustavo Hessmann Dalaqua - 2018 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (1):110-130.
    The relationship between representative democracy and conflict in John Stuart Mill’s political philosophy has been interpreted in very different ways. While some scholars claim that Millian democracy is incompatible with political conflict, others identify in Mill a radical agonism that would offer a non-consensual model of deliberative democracy. This paper argues that neither of these views is accurate: although he highlights the centrality of conflict in political life, Mill believes that democratic deliberation presupposes a minimal level (...)
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    Representative Democracy. Principles and Genealogy. [REVIEW]Alessandro Pinzani - 2007 - Ethic@ - An International Journal for Moral Philosophy 6 (2):271–276.
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  30. The masses in a representative democracy.M. Oakeshott - 1995 - In Julia Stapleton (ed.), Group rights: perspectives since 1900. Bristol: Thoemmes Press.
     
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    The Criterion of Legitimacy in a Government: Analysing Ian Shapiro’s Concept of Representative Democracy.Neetika Singh - 2024 - Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 41 (1):103-116.
    Ian Shapiro proposes a representative government that bases its understanding of truth on mature enlightenment philosophy. He examines various enlightenment and anti-enlightenment theories to substantiate his arguments in favour of verifiability as the criterion for defining truth. Contending such a concept of truth he specifies that it is possible only within a representative democracy as it can systematically undermine socially built readymade systems. To examine Shapiro’s fallibilist approach to truth, this paper critically analyses his concept of truth-telling (...)
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    Hegel, Liberalism and the Pitfalls of Representative Democracy.Bernardo Ferro - 2019 - Hegel Bulletin 40 (2):215-236.
    Although Hegel is very critical of representative democracy, his views on political participation are in many ways richer and more sophisticated than the ones favoured today by most Western societies. The present paper aims to shed light on this apparent paradox by dispelling some of the misunderstandings still associated with Hegel’s ethical and political thought. I argue, on the one hand, that Hegel’s emphasis on the notion of freedom does not amount to an endorsement of political liberalism, but (...)
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    Hegel, Liberalism and the Pitfalls of Representative Democracy.Bernardo Ferro - 2019 - Hegel Bulletin 40 (2):215-236.
    Although Hegel is very critical of representative democracy, his views on political participation are in many ways richer and more sophisticated than the ones favoured today by most Western societies. The present paper aims to shed light on this apparent paradox by dispelling some of the misunderstandings still associated with Hegel’s ethical and political thought. I argue, on the one hand, that Hegel’s emphasis on the notion of freedom does not amount to an endorsement of political liberalism, but (...)
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    Representative Democracy[REVIEW]Brian G. Henning - 2007 - Review of Metaphysics 61 (1):164-166.
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    Making Representative Democracy Work: Andrew Rehfeld . The Concept of Constituency: Political Representation, Democratic Legitimacy, and Institutional Design New York: Cambridge University Press. 259 pp. $88 . Kevin O'Leary . Saving Democracy: A Plan for Real Representation in America Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 290 pp. $22.95. [REVIEW]Heather K. Gerken - 2009 - Political Theory 37 (6):838-844.
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    On a concept of representative democracy.Manimay Sengupta - 1974 - Theory and Decision 5 (3):249-262.
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    Are There Alternatives to Representative Democracy?N. Bobbio - 1978 - Télos 1978 (35):17-30.
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    Constitutional Review in Representative Democracy.Dimitrios Kyritsis - 2012 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 32 (2):297-324.
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    Rousseau's Animadversions on Representative Democracy.Ramon M. Lemos - 1975 - Social Theory and Practice 3 (3):367-378.
  40. Nadia Urbinati, Representative Democracy. Principles and Genealogy.Herve Pourtois - 2010 - Revue Philosophique De Louvain 108 (4):771-773.
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    For a new approach to populism within the contemporary representative democracies.Pierre-Yves Cadalen - 2021 - Astérion 24.
    Les débats académiques autour de la montée des mouvements définis comme populistes s’interrogent rarement sur ce à quoi renvoient les tensions qui traversent les démocraties représentatives aujourd’hui. Le « déficit démocratique » ou la « crise de la démocratie » sont autant d’expressions qui supposent le caractère non structurel de ce moment. Nous y voyons plutôt une rupture structurelle, issue de la désarticulation progressive du principe représentatif d’avec le principe démocratique. Alors que ces deux principes ont défini la démocratie représentative (...)
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    Jeremy Bentham and Representative Democracy: A Study of The Constitutional Code. [REVIEW]Gerald J. Postema - 1986 - Philosophical Review 95 (3):483-487.
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  43. Democracy within, justice without: The duties of informal political representatives.Wendy Salkin - 2022 - Noûs 56 (4):940-971.
    Informal political representation can be a political lifeline, particularly for oppressed and marginalized groups. Such representation can give these groups some say, however mediate, partial, and imperfect, in how things go for them. Coeval with the political goods such representation offers these groups are its particular dangers to them. Mindful of these dangers, skeptics challenge the practice for being, inter alia, unaccountable, unauthorized, inegalitarian, and oppressive. These challenges provide strong pro tanto reasons to think the practice morally impermissible. This paper (...)
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    Issues and images – new sources of inequality in current representative democracy.Winfried Thaa - 2016 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 19 (3):357-375.
  45. Law and economics : systems of social control, managed drift, and the dilemma of rent-seeking in a representative democracy.Nicholas Mercuro - 2015 - In Aristides N. Hatzis & Nicholas Mercuro (eds.), Law and economics: philosophical issues and fundamental questions. New York, NY: Routledge.
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    Jeremy Bentham's 'unusually liberal' representative democracy.Filimon Peonidis - 2011 - History of European Ideas 37 (4):446-453.
    Jeremy Bentham is a philosopher who deserves a prominent position in the history of democratic ideas. He not only thought popular rule as a vehicle for materializing his vision of utilitarian society, but also gave us a detailed picture of the basic institutions of the form of democratic governance he envisaged. It is also noteworthy that in hisradical system the people, who are the ultimate and undisputable source of all power, are protected from the authoritarian tendencies of state authorities not (...)
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    Review Essays: The Paradox of Immediacy: Representative Democracy: Principles and Genealogy by Nadia Urbinati. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2006. 326 pp. $45.00 , $30.00 . On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship by Nancy L. Rosenblum. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008. 600 pp. $29.95.David Runciman - 2010 - Political Theory 38 (1):148-155.
  48. The Conspicuous Corporation: Business, Public Policy, and Representative Democracy by Neil J. Mitchell.W. D. Oberman - 2000 - Business and Society 39 (2):239-244.
     
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    Good will or lost opportunities?: Mauro Dorato: Science and representative democracy. London: Bloomsbury, 2023, 183 pp, £ 76.50 HB. [REVIEW]Jan Faye - 2023 - Metascience 32 (3):325-328.
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    Frederick Rosen, "Jeremy Bentham and Representative Democracy. A Study of the 'Constitutional Code'". [REVIEW]L. J. Hume - 1985 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 23 (3):444.
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