Revisiting The Concept of Representation

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Title Revisiting The Concept of Representation
Author Baker, Gideon
Journal Name Parliamentary Affairs
Year Published 2006
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract In Hannah Pitkin's influential book, The Concept of Representation (1967), the case is made that, despite its undoubted complexity, representation means something; that it is possible to establish when representation has taken place and, conversely, when it has not. Representation, as a central practice of modern politics, has objective content. Though it will often be imperfect, it is possible to be fairly and accurately represented politically. Yet it is argued here that such confidence in representation is less obviously convincing today, and for a particular reason. This is that, over the last thirty years, the subject of representation, which Pitkin more or less takes for granted, has itself become a site of controversy. The question that needs to be asked now is: how far do developments in the theory of the subject undermine faith in the possibility of representation?
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://pa.oxfordjournals.org/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsj002
Volume 59
Issue Number 1
Page from 155
Page to 172
ISSN 0031-2290
Date Accessioned 2008-01-22
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Political Theory and Political Philosophy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/27647
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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