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The Constructivist Turn in Political Representation

Lisa Disch, Mathijs van de Sande, and Nadia Urbinati


This is the first edited volume to provide a comprehensive introduction and a critical exploration of the constructivist turn in political representation. Divided into three thematic parts, the 13 newly commissioned essays presented here develop constructivist turn as a central concept advancing the insight that there can be no democratic politics without representation because constituencies, or groups, exist as agents of democratic politics only insofar as they are represented. Complete with an original English translation of ‘Democracy and Representation’ by the French philosopher Claude Le ... More

Keywords: Constructivist turn, Political representation, Representative Democracy, Claude Lefort, Democratic representation

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474442602
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Disch, editor
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Mathijs van de Sande, editor
Radboud University

Nadia Urbinati, editor
Columbia University

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Part I The constructivist turn: Anglo-American and Continental intellectual genealogies

7 Democracy and representation

Claude Lefort (translated by Greg Conti)1

Part II The constructivist turn: normative challenges

Part III Constructivist representation: critique and reproduction of power

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