Black on Representation: A Question
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This chapter is concerned with a single question which Professor Charles L. Black raises and tentatively answers at the very end of his interesting and illuminating paper. Black is inquiring about this kind of relationship and answering correctly that none exists. In his remarks about theories of representation, he notes that there has been no really dominant one in recent times and suggests what some of the requirements of an adequate general theory would be. Representatives would be chosen as trustees, and presumably the method of election would be biased in favor of men qualified by education, position, and character to act as trustees. This requirement could and has been used to justify systems of unequal representation. The court decisions as based on this principle do not address themselves to the question whether representatives ought to be trustees or delegates.