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Political Representation

[Revised entry by Suzanne Dovi on January 6, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The concept of political representation is misleadingly simple: everyone seems to know what it is, yet few
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[Revised entry by Suzanne Dovi on January 6, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The concept of political representation is misleadingly simple: everyone seems to know what it is, yet few can agree on any particular definition. In fact, there is an extensive literature that offers many different definitions of this elusive concept. [Classic treatments of the concept of political representations within this literature include Pennock and Chapman 1968; Pitkin, 1967 and Schwartz, 1988.] Hanna Pitkin (1967) provides, perhaps, one of the most straightforward...

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