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Established 2013 - Number of members: 344
The Political Representation Standing Group addresses issues of political representation broadly conceived, from different theoretical perspectives and involving different disciplines. A more systematic effort in bringing together scholars in the field of political representation is much needed in order to overcome the fragmentation that currently characterises the study of this topic. The Standing Group therefore brings together a mix of scholars who share similar research interests in a variety of sub-disciplinary areas (for instance, democratic theory, European integration theory, EU politics, parliaments, parties, civil society organisations, political sociology) to take each others' insights into consideration.
Standing Group aims to facilitate scientific exchange between the
participants and support their networking, bringing together a mix
of scholars who share similar research interests in a variety of
sub-disciplinary areas (democratic theory, European integration theory,
EU politics, parliaments, parties, civil society organisations,
political sociology). The Standing Group invites new ways of
thinking and conceptualising political representation that are likely
to emerge as a result of these interactions, thereby contributing to
innovative conceptualisations of political representation as well as to
connecting interested scholars beyond traditional disciplinary and
The Standing Group will explore
contemporary challenges to the standard account of political
representation. It is interested both in traditional and more recent
actors of political representation as well as in their interactions; in
political representation at all levels of governance; in methodological
advances in the research of political representation; and in normative
thinking about desirable criteria for political representation, within
states, for supranational organisations such the EU, and globally.
Importantly, the Standing Group seeks to bring together these different
research strands, from different disciplines and sub-disciplines, in
order to facilitate a better understanding of contemporary processes of
Planned future activities are as follows: