Jason Brennan, Georgetown University
Topic: Representation for Realists
Thursday, 04/12/2018 - 12:30 to 13:45
Location: Maloney Room, Social Sciences 224
Abstract: Most major normative theories of political representation presuppose populist empirical theories of voter behavior. This paper examines how such normative theories are undermined by democratic realism. Democratic realism holds most voters are tribalistic but non-ideological; their voting behavior does not reflect their underlying interests or goals. On the realist account, it is hard to make sense of supposed duties of fidelity, deference, or sincerity, or of supposed virtues of promoting political equality or self-governance.
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