Rethinking Popular Representation
Olle Törnquist, Kristian Stokke and Neil Webster
Series: Governance, Security and Development
Rethinking Popular Representation starts out from the deep concern with contemporary tendencies towards depoliticisation of public issues and popular interests. It is argued that the root cause of this is flawed representation, due to both elitist institution building and fragmented citizen participation. Hence the book makes a case for the need to rethink more democratic popular representation. Towards this end the book outlines an overarching analytical framework for popular representation, examines key theoretical issues and empirical experiences of popular representation and provides a policy-oriented conclusion.
PART I: INTRODUCTION
The Problem is Representation! Towards an Analytical Framework; O.Törnquist
PART II: DEEPENING THE PERSPECTIVE
What is the Relationship Between Participation and Representation?; N.Chandohoke
The Paradox of Civil Society Representation: Constructing New Forms of Democratic Legitimacy in Brazil; P.P.Houtzager & A.Gurza Lavalle
Practices of Symbolic Representation; K.Stokke & E.Selboe
PART III: REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNANCE?
Representative Governance or the Co-Option of Citizens? The Status of Service Users in Local Politics in West Bengal; N.Webster
The Politics of Gradualismo: Popular Particpation and Decentralized Governance in Mozambique; L.Buur
Representation by Design? Variations on Participatory Governance in Brazilian Municipios; G.Baiocchi & P.Heller
PART IV: CHALLENGES OF POPULAR REPRESENTATION
Patronage Democracy in Provincial Indonesia; G.V.Klinken
Compromised Democracy: Observations on Popular Democratic Representation from Urban India; J.Harriss
Trade Unions and Popular Representation: Alliances and Institution Building African Experiences; B.Beckman
Popular Politics of Representation: Dilemmas and Experiments in Indonesia, the Indian State of Kerala, and the Philippines; O.Törnquist, N.Quimpo & M.Tharakan
PART V: CONCLUSIONS
Implications for Policy and Practice; N.Webster, O.Törnquist & K.Stokke
OLLE TÖRNQUIST is Professor of Political Science and Development Research at the University of Oslo, Norway.
KRISTIAN STOKKE is Professor in Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway.
NEIL WEBSTER is Senior Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmar