ECPR Standing Groups
University of Uppsala, ECPG Conference
11 - 13 June 2015

The Good Representative 2.0.

Political Theory
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Eline Severs
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Panel Discussant
Suzanne Dovi
University of Arizona
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11/06/2015 15:00
Building: University Building Room: IV
In 'The Good Representative' (2006), Suzanne Dovi argued that democratic citizens should assess their representatives by their display of three virtues: they must be fair-minded, build critical trust, and be good gatekeepers. Since its publication, the field of political representation has been characterised by theoretical innovations (e.g. the ‘claim-making’ paradigm) that have radically altered our understanding of political representation, the act it takes, the actors involved and the standards by which we can determine its quality. Similarly, empirical research has helped draw out the complexity of representative dilemmas – including the trade-off between group advocacy and within-group deliberation and how organisations structure their members’ representative behaviour. Any ethics of representation must address the different ways of negotiating conflict among different and perhaps, irreconcilable claims.
Drawing from contemporary research, this panel aims to further critical thinking on the ethics of representation and its relevance to representation theory in the face of disagreements. The panel welcomes contributions that theorise on ethics of representation, address concerns related to the measurement of democratic representation or discuss empirical findings.

Paper List

A ‘Good’ Symbolic Representation of Gender? View Paper Details
“Invisible” Representatives? Contesting and Maintaining White Privilege Within the Twitter hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen. View Paper Details
Accountability as Resistance: Helping Others be Autonomous? View Paper Details
Descriptive Representatives as ‘Cultural Brokers’: Challenges and Opportunities for the Representation of Populations Issued form Migration. View Paper Details
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