Theoretical and Normative Reflections

This fifth work package cuts across the others. This is actually the place where we try to connect our work on very different specific topics into a broader reflection on the way in which democratic governance functions.

Very relevant under this heading is the exploration of deliberative forms of democracy, in particular in societies that are divided and where the literature (on consociational democracy) suggests elite-led consensus-seeking rather than public deliberation. As part of an international project on deliberative democracy in divided societies we have conducted deliberative experiments in Belgium and found that deliberation does function well across language groups.

The most tangible progress made by the team is the book on ‘Mapping the edges of political representation’ that we have been preparing in the past few years and that will be finalized in 2017. This edited book volume aims to map the extent, evolution and limits of the concept of representation in political science.


The table of contents:

Mihnea Tanasescu & Claire Dupont: Introduction

Kris Deschouwer: Electoral representation

Karen Celis: From Underrepresentation to Ideal Representation. The Feminist Story.

Sebastian Oberthür: Representation and Accountability of the European Union in Global Governance Institutions

Eline Severs: Groups in representation theory: should they stay or should they go now?

Mihnea Tanasescu: Political Representation through the Prism of the Person

Claire Dupont: Representing future generations (in climate policy)

Ferran Davesa & Jamal Shahin: Political engagement and the Internet in the European Union: when participation (en)counters representation

Ilke Adam, Soumia Akachar, Karen Celis, Serena D’Agostino & Eline Severs: ‘Black Pete’ and ‘Fat Maggie’. Cases of contested symbolic representation

Claire Dupont & Mihnea Tanasescu: Conclusions