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Representation and Community in Western Democracies

  • Nirmala Rao

About this book


This book of critical essays explores new thinking and new evidence on the role of locally-elected representatives in Western democracies. The book is topical in the light of the intense political and popular interest in the problems of making local government representative and responsive. The contributors, drawn from the UK, US, France, Denmark and Norway, deal with two principal themes: political recruitment and representativeness; and the processes of political representation, and highlight the dilemmas of open and accessible local government.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nirmala Rao
    • 1
  1. 1.Goldsmiths’ CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

About the editors

JACOB AARS Researcher at SEFOS, University of Bergen, Norway COLIN COPUS Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Wolverhampton Business School MIKE GOLDSMITH Professor of Government and Politics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford ULRIK KJAER Ph.D. Scholar JOHN MEADOWCROFT University of London OLIVIER NAY Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, Bordeaux University AUDUN OFFERDAL Professor, Department of Administration and Organisational Theory, University of Bergen JAMES H. SVARA Head of Department of Political Science and Public Administration, North Carolina State University KEN YOUNG Professor of Politics, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

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