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Politisk representation och etisk komplexitet - Den politiska representantens spänningsfulla uppdrag

Niska, Anna (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This article discusses desirable political representation within the framework of representative democracy. In the desirable representation it is the responsibility of the politician to balance authoritative decision making with responsiveness towards the voters. The article intends to make visible the ethical complexity within representative democracy. Ethically the commission to represent is further complicated because the political parties constitute a central role in the political life and request loyalty of the politician. At the same time the politician is elected by the voters and thus the representative has to balance the dual representation.

The politician can meet supplementary but also contradictory norms of action in decision... (More)
This article discusses desirable political representation within the framework of representative democracy. In the desirable representation it is the responsibility of the politician to balance authoritative decision making with responsiveness towards the voters. The article intends to make visible the ethical complexity within representative democracy. Ethically the commission to represent is further complicated because the political parties constitute a central role in the political life and request loyalty of the politician. At the same time the politician is elected by the voters and thus the representative has to balance the dual representation.

The politician can meet supplementary but also contradictory norms of action in decision taking. The normative logic of appropriateness gives a productive fundamental principle in the political reasoning in ethical decisions. The political reality is ethically complex hence the complexity should not be reduced in decision making. The politician always has a personal moral responsibility and should therefore carefully reason before deciding on the course of action.

The study includes a case study with a member of parliament who encounters contradictory recommendations of action from the local constituency's voters and from the party. The case study highlights an ethical representational conflict and illustrates how politicians balance the dual representation. (Less)
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author
Niska, Anna
supervisor
organization
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type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
representation, authoritative decisions, responsiveness to voters, loyalty to the party, ethical complexity, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1324058
date added to LUP
2007-01-23
date last changed
2007-01-30
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  abstract     = {This article discusses desirable political representation within the framework of representative democracy. In the desirable representation it is the responsibility of the politician to balance authoritative decision making with responsiveness towards the voters. The article intends to make visible the ethical complexity within representative democracy. Ethically the commission to represent is further complicated because the political parties constitute a central role in the political life and request loyalty of the politician. At the same time the politician is elected by the voters and thus the representative has to balance the dual representation.

The politician can meet supplementary but also contradictory norms of action in decision taking. The normative logic of appropriateness gives a productive fundamental principle in the political reasoning in ethical decisions. The political reality is ethically complex hence the complexity should not be reduced in decision making. The politician always has a personal moral responsibility and should therefore carefully reason before deciding on the course of action.

The study includes a case study with a member of parliament who encounters contradictory recommendations of action from the local constituency's voters and from the party. The case study highlights an ethical representational conflict and illustrates how politicians balance the dual representation.},
  author       = {Niska, Anna},
  keyword      = {representation,authoritative decisions,responsiveness to voters,loyalty to the party,ethical complexity,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Politisk representation och etisk komplexitet - Den politiska representantens spänningsfulla uppdrag},
  year         = {2006},
}