Discursive Representation

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Democracy can entail the representation of discourses as well as persons or groups. We explain and advocate discursive representation; explore its justifications, advantages, and problems; and show how it can be accomplished in practice. This practice can involve the selection of discursive representatives to a formal Chamber of Discourses and more informal processes grounded in the broader public sphere. Discursive representation supports many aspects of deliberative democracy and is especially applicable to settings such as the international system lacking a well-defined demos.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-493
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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