Loose Ends and Larger Ambitions

Anne Phillips

in The Politics of Presence

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294153
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600098 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Loose Ends and Larger Ambitions

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This chapter addresses three issues. The first is whether the arguments for ensuring equal or proportionate representation by gender and ethnicity in legislative assemblies should also apply to social class. The second is whether focusing on the institutions of representative democracy blocks more ambitious proposals for extending democratic participation, for example, those put forward in arguments for associational or associative democracy. The third is whether the case for an equal representation of women and proportionate representation of ethnic minority groups should also apply to appointed bodies like quangos or the judiciary. The chapter concludes that the case for a politics of presence is strongest when allied to some of these larger ambitions.

Keywords: associative democracy; class; ethnicity; gender; judiciary; participation; political presence; political representation; quangos; representative democracy

Chapter.  9893 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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