'Word from the street': when non-electoral representative claims meet electoral representation in the United Kingdom

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Abstract

Taking the specific case of street protests in the UK – the ‘word from the street’– this article examines recent (re)conceptualizations of political representation, most particularly Saward’s notion of ‘representative claim’. The specific example of nonelectoral claims articulated by protestors and demonstrators in the UK is used to illustrate: the processes of making, constituting, evaluating and accepting claims for and by constituencies and audiences; and the continuing distinctiveness of claims based upon electoral representation. Two basic questions structure the analysis: first, why would the political representative claims of elected representatives trump the nonelectoral claims of mass demonstrators and, second, in what ways does the ‘perceived legitimacy’ of the former differ from the latter?
LanguageEnglish
Pages388-409
Number of pages22
JournalBritish Politics
Volume8
Issue number4
Early online date25 Mar 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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In: British Politics, Vol. 8, No. 4, 12.2013, p. 388-409.

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