Representing diversity

Robert E. Goodin*

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    Abstract

    'Mirror representation' or a 'politics of presence' presupposes relatively modest levels of diversity among those being represented. If the groups to be represented are too numerous, internally too heterogeneous or too cross-cutting, too many representatives will be required for the assembly to remain a deliberative one where 'presence' can have the effects its advocates desire. In those circumstances, what is being represented ought be conceptualized as the 'sheer fact of diversity' rather than 'all the particularities of the diversity among us'. The appropriate response to that is legislative reticence.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)453-468
    Number of pages16
    JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
    Volume34
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004

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