The Good Representative

The Good Representative

Editor(s): Suzanne Dovi

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405155786

Online ISBN: 9780470754948

DOI: 10.1002/9780470754948

About this Book

In The Good Representative, Suzanne Dovi argues that democratic citizens should assess their representatives by their display of three virtues: they must be fair-minded, build critical trust, and be good gatekeepers.

  • This important book provides standards for evaluating the democratic credentials of representatives.
  • Identifies the problems with and obstacles to good democratic representation.
  • Argues that democratic representation, even good democratic representation, is not always desirable.
  • Timely and original, this book rejects the tendency to equate respect for the preferences of citizens with neutrality on the standards used in choosing their representatives.

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