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RepResent - Representation and Democratic Resentment

Unité : Centre d'étude de la vie politique | ULB590

Description :

Existing democracies are challenged by critics such as Trump, Brexiteers and populists claiming that democracy is not representative anymore. RepResent
takes these claims serious by empirically examining the relationship between popular democratic resentment and the functioning of representation. Is
representation failing? And, is democratic resentment driven by failing representation? Democratic representation consists of several dimensions, a substantive
(policies), a procedural (institutions) and a symbolic dimension (feeling represented by representatives). Adequate representation entails there is congruence
between the preferences of citizens and the actual policies, democratic procedures and representatives. RepResent is novel in the sense that it
systematically compares citizens' views with elites' views, that it tackles all three dimensions at the same time to assess their individual contribution to
democratic resentment, and that it does so in a dynamic over-time design. Concretely, RepResent examines the 2019 elections in Belgium, the campaign that precedes
it and the term that follows. Its institutional structure makes Belgium a good, even a critical case. Using a large variety of methods all with a dynamic
component and ranging from traditional panel surveys, over content analyses and experiments, to focus groups and interviews, RepResent aims to dig deep into
one of the root causes of the widespread democratic resentment characterizing current politics.

Liste des responsables :

  • VAN HAUTE Emilie

  • PILET Jean-Benoît

Liste des bailleurs :

  • F.R.S.-FNRS et Fonds associés (hors FRIA)