Democratic Incongruities: Representative Democracy in Britain

Hardcover | March 7, 2014

byDavid Judge

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Representative democracy in Britain does not work. Or more accurately, its critics argue that it does not work as theories of representative democracy would lead us to expect. If the starting point for understanding is taken to be a 'standard model' of representative democracy then that model does not get us very far. Yet it is precisely such a model that modern British governments continue to use to legitimate their actions.

Democratic Incongruities explains why the standard model is deficient, why recent 'reconceptualisations' of democracy and representation come with their own problems, and why theory and political practice have to address the 'inclusion-exclusion paradox' at the core of representative democracy. The fundamental question posed in this book is of the compatibility – both ideationally and practically – of representation with democracy. The answers are found in an examination of a series of 'problems' associated with this paradox in the context of British politics: of 'the people', of the representational transmission of power; of elected representatives; of representative government (specifically the Westminster model); and of citizen participation.

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Representative democracy in Britain does not work. Or more accurately, its critics argue that it does not work as theories of representative democracy would lead us to expect. If the starting point for understanding is taken to be a 'standard model' of representative democracy then that model does not get us very far. Yet it is precise...

David Judge is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, UK. He is the author/co-author/editor of 12 books, including The Parliamentary State, Representation: Theory and Practice in Britain, and Political Institutions in the United Kingdom, and numerous articles/chapters on legislative institutions, representati...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 1 inPublished:March 7, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230314465

ISBN - 13:9780230314467

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Table of Contents

1. Democratic Incongruities: Old Models and New Perspectives
2. The 'Problem' of the People
3. The 'Problem' of Representational Transmission of Power
4. The 'Problem' of Elected Representatives
5. The 'Problem' of Representative Government
6. The 'Problem' of Citizen Participation
7. The 'Problem' of 'Post-': Post-representative, Post-parliamentary, Post-democracy