Discipline: Political Science
Theory of political participation in complex, large, or modern societies.
The only way in which most people can participate in the government of their societies is by being represented by a relatively small number of people who will in some sense act on their behalf. There is disagreement about the most appropriate way in which this representation should take place, or the representatives be selected.
David Miller et al., eds, The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)