Substantive representation through a claims-making lens : a strategy for the identification and analysis of substantive claimsSubstantive representation through a claims-making lens : a strategy for the identification and analysis of substantive claims
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Citizenship, Equality & Diversity (CED)
48(2012):2, p. 161-181
University of Antwerp
Within the scholarship on substantive representation, representation is increasingly perceived in terms of claiming to speak for the represented. Although this constructivist turn to substantive representation creates promising avenues for further research, it makes it ever more difficult to set processes of representation apart from other, more generic, forms of communication. This article seeks to redress this situation in two ways: firstly, by introducing the concept of substantive claims as a more apt translation of substantive representation into the claims-making paradigm; and secondly, by developing an interpretive schema which allows for identifying and analysing these substantive claims.