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Palgrave Macmillan

Rethinking Popular Representation

ISBN 9780230102095
Publication Date December 2009
Formats Ebook (PDF) Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Governance, Security and Development

Using contemporary tendencies towards depoliticization of public issues and popular interests as a starting point, Rethinking Popular Representation makes a case for rethinking more democratic popular representation. It argues that the root cause of this depoliticization is flawed representation, due to both elitist institution-building and fragmented citizen participation. It outlines a framework for popular representation, examines key issues and experiences, and provides a policy-oriented conclusion.

Olle Törnquist is Professor of Political Science and Development Research at the University of Oslo. Kristian Stokke is Professor in Human Geography at the University of Oslo. Neil Webster is Senior Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies.

The Problem is Representation! Towards an Analytical Framework - Olle Törnquist
What is the Relationship Between Participation and Representation? - Neera Chandohoke
The Paradox of Civil Society Representation: Constructing New Forms of Democratic Legitimacy in Brazil - Peter P. Houtzager and Adrian Gurza Lavalle
Practices of Symbolic Representation - Kristian Stokke and Elin Selboe
PART III: REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNANCE? * Representative Governance or the Co-Option of Citizens? The Status of Service Users in Local Politics in West Bengal - Neil Webster
The Politics of Gradualismo: Popular Particpation and Decentralized Governance in Mozambique - Lars Buur
Representation by Design? Variations on Participatory Governance in Brazilian Municipios - Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Patrick Heller
Patronage Democracy in Provincial Indonesia - Gerry V. Klinken
Compromised Democracy: Observations on Popular Democratic Representation from Urban India - John Harriss
Trade Unions and Popular Representation: Alliances and Institution Building African Experiences - Björn Beckman
Popular Politics of Representation: Dilemmas and Experiments in Indonesia, the Indian state of Kerala, and the Philippines - Olle Törnquist, Nathan Quimpo and Michael Tharakan
Implications for Policy and Practice - Neil Webster, Olle Törnquist, Kristian Stokke

GIANPAOLO BAIOCCHI Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Brown University
BJÖRN BECKMAN Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University
LARS BUUR Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies and Research Associate at Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research
NEERA CHANDHOKE Professor of Political Science and director of the Developing Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi, India
JOS CHATHUKULAM Director of the Centre for Rural Management, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
JOHN HARRISS Director of the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia
PATRICK HELLER Associate Professor of Sociology at Brown University
PETER P. HOUTZAGER IDS Fellow and visiting scholar at the Centro Brasileiro de Analise e Planejamento (CEBRAP) in São Paulo, Brazil
ADRIAN GURZA LAVALLE Fellow researcher and research director at the Brazilian Centre for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP)
NATHAN QUIMPO Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Tsukuba, Japan
ELIN SELBOE Holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Oslo
KRISTIAN STOKKE Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oslo
P. K. MICHAEL THARAKAN Vice Chancellor of Kannur University, Kerala, India
OLLE TÖRNQUIST Professor of Political Science and Development Research at the University of Oslo
GERRY VAN KLINEKN Senior Researcher with the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV)
NEIL WEBSTER Senior Researcher and Head of the Politics and Government Research Unit at the Danish Institute for International Studies


"This innovative, insightful exploration of democratic political representation helps clarify why democracy has stagnated in many parts of the developing world and what can be done to revitalize it. The editors have assembled a top-notch, cross-regional group of experts and organized the work around a lucid analytic framework of utility to aid practitioners, civic activists, and scholars." - Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
"Despite waves of democratic upsurge, why does popular representation need re-thinking? Because states are commodified and captured, stripped of democratic politics, and because representation is fractured and 'un-popular.' This book examines how democratic representation can be scaled up. It is a uniquely valuable addition to our understanding of democratic governance." - Barbara Harriss-White, University Professor of Development Studies, Oxford University
"A deeply engaged, engaging, and diverse volume for all of us interested in reducing the democratic deficit in poor countries." - Mick Moore, professor, Institute of Development Studies
"This is a very significant and high-quality contribution to some pressing debates around the politics of development and democratization in the post-colonial world. These include the important challenges involved in securing not only the inclusion but also the influence of marginal and poor peoples in key decision-making processes that shape their lives, and of the deeper processes of state and citizenship formation that shape these possibilities." - Samuel Hickey, senior lecturer, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester
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