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The Politics of Presence$
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Anne Phillips

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294153

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294158.001.0001

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Political Equality and Fair Representation

Political Equality and Fair Representation

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(p.27) Chapter 2 Political Equality and Fair Representation
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The Politics of Presence
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DOI:10.1093/0198294158.003.0002

Considers whether a case for ensuring the equal representation of women and men or proportionate representation of ethnic minority groups can be extracted from the twin democratic principles of political equality and popular control. It argues that it is necessary to move beyond these to an alternative justification grounded in existing structures of political exclusion. Four key arguments are explored: the importance of symbolic representation; the need to tackle the exclusions inherent in the party‐political packaging of ideas; the need for more vigorous advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged groups; and the importance of a politics of presence in opening up a wider range of policy options.

Keywords:   advocacy, democracy, ethnic minorities, exclusion, party politics, policy options, political equality, political representation, symbolic representation, women

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