Edited by Stephen Elstub and Oliver Escobar
Chapter 17: The role of elected representatives in democratic innovations
There has been limited research into the role of elected representatives in democratic innovations. What we do know suggests there can be significant tension between elected representatives’ view of their role in representative democracy and the role of citizens via democratic innovations. Where elected representatives do engage with democratic innovations their motivations maybe normative or instrumental or a mix of both. Elected representatives can also take on a number of different roles around democratic innovations including initiating, participating, responding, resisting and institutionalizing. Considering the role of elected representatives in democratic innovation raises larger normative questions around the role of citizens in representative democracy and whether democratic innovations could eventually challenge the institutions of representative democracy themselves.
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