Representation and Democracy: Uneasy Alliance

  title={Representation and Democracy: Uneasy Alliance},
  author={Hanna Fenichel Pitkin},
  journal={Scandinavian Political Studies},
  • H. Pitkin
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Political Science
  • Scandinavian Political Studies
The concept of ‘representation’ is puzzling not because it lacks a central definition, but because that definition implies a paradox (being present and yet not present) and is too general to help reconcile the word's many senses with their sometimes conflicting implications. Representation has a problematic relationship with democracy, with which it is often thoughtlessly equated. The two ideas have different, even conflicting, origins. Democracy came from ancient Greece and was won through… 
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