Democratic transformation: fulfilling the promise of representation<sup>*</sup>

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:
Democratic transformation: fulfilling the promise of representation*

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This chapter examines a case where a group capable of representation, but not practising democratic enfranchisement of its constituency, transformed its practice. In so doing, it establishes that this process is possible, but is complicated and lengthy. It challenges scholars to take a historical perspective on group practices, looking to how potential may come to be fulfilled. It challenges the teleological element in much group scholarship — both interest group and social movement strands. Groups, via political processes within and without, are agents in the co-evolution of their democratic practices.

Keywords: group representation; democratic enfranchisement; group practices; social movement; interest groups

Chapter.  10021 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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