Political Science | Representation (3 Cr)
Y661 | 3488 | Wright


Representation is central to most democratic theories of government.
We’ll look both at the normative and the empirical literature on
representation. Most of the empirical work has been done in the U.S.
but we’ll a good bit of comparative work as well as it enriches our
understanding of how representation can operate in different
contexts.  We will look at representation at the macro and micro-
levels; as dyadic relationships between citizens and their elected
representatives, and the collective level between collections of
constituencies and legislatures and governmental systems as policy
systems.  We will examine work that questions whether citizens are
even capable of the role proscribed for them by democratic theory as
well as some more recent research that argues that democracy can and
does function with relatively high levels of citizen ignorance and
apathy.
Course requirements include weekly reaction papers to the assigned
readings, a book review presentation to the seminar, a seminar
research paper on some aspect of representation and probably a final
examination.