Study Cards on assemblies, representatives, representation

What does the role of presentation of the assembly mean?
They provide a link between government and the people.

The power of an assembly within the political system is usually seen as an important index of democratic government.
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Burkean notion of representatives?
Representatives as trustees whose prime responsibility is to exercise their own judgement and wisdom on behalf of their constituents.

This however, conflicts with the strict party discipline found in most assemblies.
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What is the doctrine of the mandate?
Views parties, not assemblies, as the central mechanism through which representation takes place.
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Assembly as mechanism of interest representation?
When assemblies are seen to exert a significant degree of policy influence, and party systems are sufficiently relaxed to offer interest groups a point of access.
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