Representation is about making present what is absent, such as by standing, acting or speaking for another person or a group. In politics, representation can take many different forms. For instance, presidents and prime ministers can be said to represent their countries, politicians can be described as representing their constituents, and trade unions can be characterised as representing their members. Not all forms of political representation involve an electoral relationship. For instance, a scientist appearing on a television show might be said to represent the perspective or interests of the scientific community, or a member of a religious minority speaking at a council meeting might be said to represent the opinions or values of their co-religionists. In this chapter, we will examine some of the complexities of these different forms of representation, as well as exploring how they connect up to the idea of democracy.
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