Rethinking representation: Representative claims in global perspective

  • The established notion of political representation is challenged on multiple accounts—theoretically, conceptually, and empirically. The contributions to this thematic issue explore the constructivist turn as the means for rethinking political representation today around the world. The articles included here seek to reconsider representation by theoretically and empirically reassessing how representation is conceptualized, claimed and performed—in Western and non-Western contexts. In recognition that democratic representation in Western countries is in a process of fundamental transformation and that non-Western countries no longer aim at replicating established Western models, we look for representation around the world—specifically in: Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, China, and India. This enables us to advance the study of representative democracy from a global perspective. We show the limits and gaps in the constructivist literature and the benefits of theory-driven empirical research. Finally, we provide conceptual tools and frameworks for the (comparative) study of claims of representation.

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Author:Petra Guasti, Brigitte Geißel
Parent Title (English):Politics and Governance
Publisher:Cogitatio Press
Place of publication:Lisbon
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2019
Date of first Publication:2019/09/24
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/12/16
Tag:constructivist turn; democracy; representation; representative claim
Page Number:5
First Page:93
Last Page:97
© Petra Guasti, Brigitte Geissel. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (, which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0