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Constituting representation: The concept of representation in American political development


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Abstract (summary)

The institutions of representation are the target of continuous reform and repair in the United States. This dissertation examines the concepts of representation that have been used to support both representational reform and the status quo. In examining these concepts, I argue that the breadth of the public discourse on representation has narrowed over time. This has been the result of changes in three ideas that constitute the concept of representation: human nature, community, and the purpose of government. The content and relative balance of these ideas shape the concept of representation over time and thus the character of representative institutions.

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Subject
American studies;
American history;
Political science
Classification
0323: American studies
0337: American history
0615: Political science
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Political development, Reform, Representation, United States government
Title
Constituting representation: The concept of representation in American political development
Author
Campbell, Patrick F.
Number of pages
499
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109698565
Advisor
Sedgwick, Jeffrey L.
Committee member
Mileur, Jerome M.; Whitehead, Ralph, Jr.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Political Science
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3397687
ProQuest document ID
205440662
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/205440662
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