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Innovating DemocracyDemocratic Theory and Practice After the Deliberative Turn$
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Robert E. Goodin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547944.001.0001

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Democratic mandates

Democratic mandates

with Michael Saward

(p.224) 11 Democratic mandates
Innovating Democracy

Robert E. Goodin (Contributor Webpage)

Michael Saward (Contributor Webpage)

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The democratic aspiration of rule by the people requires that the people know — are told — what they are really voting on. The clarity and consistency of messages from candidates to voters matters deeply to the quality of democracy. What sort of a mandate a government can claim, and what a government is entitled to do in office, depends heavily upon how the campaign messages are conveyed. If campaign messages are mixed, sending different signals to different parts of the constituency, then whomever is elected might have a ‘mandate to rule’ but has no strong policy mandate.

Keywords:   democratic mandate, mandate to rule, mixed campaign messages, voters

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