in Representative Democracy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226842783
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226842806 | DOI:

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This chapter argues that representation stimulates a surplus of politics in relation to the sanctioning act by which the sovereign citizens confirm and recapitulate with cyclical regularity the deeds and promises of candidates and representatives. Representativity and advocacy are the expressions of this surplus and mark the unavoidable bond the electoral process activates between the inside and outside of the legislative institutions. In sum, political representation helps us in two respects: from a theoretical point of view, it illuminates the place and role of judgment in politics; from a phenomenological point of view, it changes the perspective of time and space in politics. Representation's mediated character highlights the temporal dimension of politics, an aspect that is essential to democracy yet one which has not been sufficiently studied.

Keywords: representative democracy; sanctioning act; citizens; political representation

Chapter.  2235 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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