Varieties of Public Representation

in Ian Shapiro, Susan Stokes, E.J.Wood and Alexander Kirshner, Eds, Political Representation, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 61-89.

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Philip N. Pettit

Princeton University; Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS)

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Three metaphors have driven the notion of political representation. Pictorial representation has suggested that representatives ought to resemble and stand in for the represented; juridical representation that they ought to act for the represented; and theatrical representation that they ought to interpret and speak for the represented. The paper distinguishes the corresponding concepts of representation — simulative, agential and interpretive — and shows how they may apply with different kinds of representative and represented entities, individual and collective. It illustrates the use to which these distinctions may be put in a brief discussion of Washington and Westminster systems.

Keywords: representation, Westminster, Washington

Suggested Citation

Pettit, Philip N., Varieties of Public Representation (2010). in Ian Shapiro, Susan Stokes, E.J.Wood and Alexander Kirshner, Eds, Political Representation, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 61-89.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2699301

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