I've been reading political scientist Jonathan Bernstein's blog lately, partly because he's been an excellent predictor of what was going to happen with health care reform. He was able to keep the political actors' incentives in mind a lot better than most people and especially news-of-the-day-obsessed pundits.
Anyway, he has an interesting view about how norms of representation work in democracy, and I wrote a big post on it at the other blog.
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