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On Legislatures: The Puzzle of Representation Gerhard Loewenberg

On Legislatures: The Puzzle of Representation

Gerhard Loewenberg

Published April 1st 2011
ISBN : 9781594517525
Paperback
168 pages
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 About the Book 

Why do people love their congressional representatives but criticize Congress every chance they get? Although legislatures exist in every political system and are meant to represent the people, they are generally disparaged because they appear bothMoreWhy do people love their congressional representatives but criticize Congress every chance they get? Although legislatures exist in every political system and are meant to represent the people, they are generally disparaged because they appear both unrepresentative and indecisive. This book explains this puzzling contradiction by examining what representation means, how it can be achieved, and what it takes for a large number of equally representative members to reach decisions. It also describes the methods for studying legislatures that have been developed in the social sciences in the last half century and shows their importance in democratic societies throughout the world.