Between representation and solidarity: (re)calibrating democratic expectations

Darren Halpin

in Groups, Representation and Democracy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780719076527
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701690 | DOI:
Between representation and solidarity: (re)calibrating democratic expectations

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This chapter proposes a supplementary metric to that of representation. It argues that whether a group should enfranchise those that affiliate to it depends on whether they also happen to be the constituency the group advocates for. Groups that advocate for non-human constituencies cannot enfranchise their constituency, so enfranchising the affiliates of such groups is not necessary for democratic legitimacy. The chapter identifies a framework for identifying those interest groups that are, in principle, capable of representation, and those of solidarity. It also demonstrates why the solidarity/representation distinction is not simply repeating other binary distinctions already in the literature.

Keywords: democratic representation; constituency; democratic legitimacy; interest groups; representation; solidarity

Chapter.  9641 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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