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PARLIAMENT AND PARLIAMENTARISM

A Comparative History of a European Concept

Edited by Pasi Ihalainen, Cornelia Ilie, and Kari Palonen

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Call for Papers CONCEPTA RESEARCH SEMINAR

Comparing the Concepts of Representation

Representation is a core concept in modern politics. Since the revolutions of the 17th and 18th century, representation has become the main principle organizing and legitimizing political systems. Social movements themselves are based on representation – of workers, of women, of minorities – as are aesthetics, linguistics or psychology. As a result of this centrality, the concept of representation can be hard to grasp; ubiquitous, its meaning is deeply contentious.

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