Representation - Theories of representation - Delegate model

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What is the key in the delegate model?

The representative acts as a conduit conveying the views of others, while having no capacity to exercise his own preferences

What is a delegate?

A person who is chosen to act for another on the basis of clear guidance and instructions. They are not thinking for themselves
(e.g. sales representative).

What are proponents of the delegate model also in favor of?

Initiatives, recall and referendums

  What do people in favor of this model support?

They support mechanisms that make sure that the politicians are bound as closely as possible to the views of the represented (through regular elections etc.)

What is popular sovereignty?

The principle that there is no higher authority than the will of the people (the basis of the classical concept of democracy)

What does the delegate model provide?

Broader opportunities for popular participation. It comes as close as possible to the ideal of popular sovereignty (the principle that there is no higher authority than the will of the people).

What are the downsides of the delegate model?

- Tends to create narrowness and stimulate conflict (representatives are bound to the interests of the constituents).
- Delegation limits the scope for leadership (because politicians are not trusted to exercise their own judgement --> this gives no opportunity for mobilizing/inspiring the people).

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