Representation from Above: Members of Parliament and Representative Democracy in Sweden
This book uses Sweden as a test case to analyze how elected representatives function in a representative democracy. It is argued that the best summary characterization of Swedish democracy is an elitist system run from above. The book also claims that the picture of European representative democracy as dominated by parties must be qualified. An individualist representational model is relevant to the European setting as well.
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