Political Representation: an Overview
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The chapter shows that parts of the government other than elected representatives (members of the legislature) serve representative functions and that the concept of representation then links or relates to each other these various carriers of representative roles. It explores that even the personnel more specifically thought of as "representatives," i.e., members of an elective legislature, have various roles from which frequently emerge conflicting directives that can be reconciled only by reference to some superior set of norms. The chapter suggests that, in some measure, the concept of representation, considered in the specific contexts in which it is applied, provides this superior set of norms. In Britain, Parliament (including its "Government") is the only vehicle for representation in the legislative process. Moreover, the bureaucracy, and an informal but effective additional form of representation, that of organized groups, provide other avenues of representation.