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[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / d. Representative democracy]

Full Idea

Mandate Representation says they are delegates who should not deviate from instructions; Trustee says they use their discretion and judgement; Descriptive says they share group characteristics.

Gist of Idea

Representative should be either obedient, or sensible, or typical

Source

Andrew Shorten (Contemporary Political Theory [2016], 04)

A Reaction

[compressed] There is also being a representative because you have an audience (such as celebrity campains). The second type was famously defended by Edmund Burke. The third implies being the same colour, or gender, or religion.

Book Reference

Shorten,Andrew: 'Contemporary Political Theory' [Palgrave 2016], p.76