ERIC Number: ED279582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Linking Passive and Active Representation: A Review of the Literature and a Model for Testing the Linkage for Women Representatives.
Robinson, Ted P.; And Others
Most research efforts concerning minority politics have focused on descriptive representation, which emphasizes (1) counting the minority or female persons in office, and (2) explaining representative levels on the basis of political, social and economic determinants. Descriptive representation, however, is passive and focuses on "being something" rather than "doing something." Instead, representation should be measured as an activity resulting from a representative acting in the interest of those represented. From a public policy standpoint, the linkage between passive representation and active representation is an important concept; one that only a few researchers have explored. The study reviews and analyzes the growing literature that links passive and active representation and presents a model suitable for testing this linkage for female representatives on city school boards. The study is organized into three sections. Section 1 provides an overview of the passive representation and determinants literature. Section 2 discusses previous studies that link passive and active representation. Section 3 presents the model that may be used to address the question: Does politics matter? Tables and a figure conclude the study. (APG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Washington, DC, August 28-31, 1986).