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Democratic Incongruities

Representative Democracy in Britain

Authors: Judge, D.

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Clear disparities exist between notions of representative democracy and political practice in Britain. Alternative models of democracy, however, have their own incongruities in trying to marry representation and democracy. This book analyses the mismatches in democratic theories and between theory and practice in British representative democracy.

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David Judge is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, UK. He is the author/co-author/editor of 12 books, including The Parliamentary State, Representation: Theory and Practice in Britain, and Political Institutions in the United Kingdom, and numerous articles/chapters on legislative institutions, representative democracy, and decision-making in Britain and the EU.

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'Judge has long been one of the most perceptive analysts of parliament, and continued to argue for the importance of studying parliament even after it became for a time unfashionable to do so. He has been amply vindicated by the renewed interest in how parliament works, and its continuing importance in British politics... This book offers further reflections on the themes with which he has been concerned throughout his career, particularly the tension between representation and democracy in representative democracy, and the many incongruities and anomalies in the particular ways in which it has been practised in Britain... For Judge, parliamentary democracy remains the frame within which politics is conducted in Britain, and its incongruities continue to shape political outcomes and developments. He provides a lucid and arresting diagnosis of our present discontents.' Andrew Gamble, Journal of Legislative Studies

'David Judge's Democratic Incongruities is a timely intervention in the debate surrounding British democracy that often feels to be getting more complicated by the minute. Judge seeks to guide readers through a number of what he refers to as 'concerns', both in the sense of 'a matter of importance and interest' but also as 'matter[s] of anxiety and unease', relating to the state of modern British politics. Judge tackles these [concerns] with clarity, each chapter working both as part of the whole argument and equally as a stand-alone consideration of the specific 'problem' under scrutiny. Throughout, Judge does not seek to argue for a particular direction that British democracy should be taking, but is instead fastidious in highlighting the contradictions and incongruities that lie in many of the contentions of those who do. The book raises more questions than answers in many ways, but will remain a fine contribution to Judge's existing writings on the subject of representation.' - Peter Allan, Political Studies


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Democratic Incongruities: Old Models and New Perspectives

    Judge, David

    Pages 1-24

  • The ‘Problem’ of the People

    Judge, David

    Pages 25-46

  • The ‘Problem’ of Representational Transmission of Power

    Judge, David

    Pages 47-76

  • The ‘Problem’ of Elected Representatives

    Judge, David

    Pages 77-106

  • The ‘Problem’ of Representative Government

    Judge, David

    Pages 107-134

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $115.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-33969-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democratic Incongruities
Book Subtitle
Representative Democracy in Britain
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31729-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137317292
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-31446-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33969-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 228
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