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Equality and Representation

New Perspectives in Democratic Theory, 1st Edition

Edited by Anthoula Malkopoulou, Lisa Hill


160 pages

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This volume is primarily concerned with equality as a basic component of the democratic character of representation. In other words, of the many types of equality that have attracted the attention of theorists since democracy’s beginnings – arithmetic equality, equality before the law, equality of opportunity– we would like to draw attention to representational equality, that is, the role of equality in systems of democratic representation. In what form is equality present in traditional forms of electoral representation? How can it be secured in new forms of representation, such as claims-making, deliberative, klerotarian and epistemic representation? And to what extent are electoral or non-electoral models of representation able to accommodate increasing social inequalities? The articles in this volume discuss these issues from a normative and conceptual point of view, seeking to shed new light on the important but under-explored relationship between equality and representation. This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

Table of Contents


Anthoula Malkopoulou and Lisa Hill

1. The challenge of equality Fragments of equality in representative politics

Michael Saward

2. Representation, equality, and inclusion in deliberative systems: desiderata for a good account

Eva Erman

3. Voting turnout, equality, liberty and representation: epistemic versus procedural democracy

Lisa Hill

4. The challenge of representation De-presentation rights as a response to extremism

Anthoula Malkopoulou

5. Political participation, social inequalities, and special veto powers

Dirk Jörke

6. Sortition, voting, and democratic equality

Peter Stone

7. Issues and images – new sources of inequality in current representative democracy

Winfried Thaa


Nadia Urbinati

About the Editors

Anthoula Malkopoulou is a Researcher at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Lisa Hill is Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

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