The Politics of Voter Presence

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In recommending legislative and party quotas, ‘the politics of presence’ sought to sever the connection between structures of exclusion and their reflection in levels of political influence. Yet, by focusing only on the composition of representative bodies, the traditional politics of presence approach has inadvertently diminished the value of participation for representation. It overlooks that there exist ‘elite voters’ who reinforce discrimination against abstainers at the policy level and create obstacles for improving the lives of the marginalized.
We offer a remedy to persisting patterns of political exclusion by arguing in favor of a ‘politics of presence’ at the polls. This requires high and socially diverse turnout that will make representation more inclusive, broader and qualitatively different; it will be more descriptive, not of group characteristics, but of the interests, opinions and ideas of voters. Our alternative is a fusion of descriptive and substantive representation approaches: ‘descriptive responsiveness’.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • University of Adelaide

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)


TidskriftInternational Political Science Review
StatusAccepted/In press - 2020 mar 8
Peer review utfördJa