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Single Idea 21127

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

Full Idea

An important tension in Mandate Representation seemingly requires politicians to both uphold their electoral promises and promote the interests of their constituents. These can conflict, with changed circumstances or information.

Gist of Idea

In a changed situation a Mandated Representative can't keep promises and fight for constituents


Andrew Shorten (Contemporary Political Theory [2016], 04 Box 4.1)

A Reaction

So be careful what you promise, and don't take on a party loyalty that conflicts with your constituents' interests. Easy.

Book Reference

Shorten,Andrew: 'Contemporary Political Theory' [Palgrave 2016], p.81

Related Idea

Idea 21126 Representative should be either obedient, or sensible, or typical [Shorten]