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Democratic transformation
Fulfilling the promise of representation
in Groups, representation and democracy
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This chapter examines a case where a group capable of representation, but not practising democratic enfranchisement of its constituency, transformed its practice. In so doing, it establishes that this process is possible, but is complicated and lengthy. It challenges scholars to take a historical perspective on group practices, looking to how potential may come to be fulfilled. It challenges the teleological element in much group scholarship — both interest group and social movement strands. Groups, via political processes within and without, are agents in the co-evolution of their democratic practices.

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Groups, representation and democracy

Between promise and practice


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