Publications

Below you can find a list of the most important publications by members of our research team. A full list of publications of each member features on their individual member profiles.

Theoretical and Normative Reflections

  • SEVERS, Eline, CELIS, Karen & ERZEEL, Silvia (2016) 'Power, privilege and disadvantage: intersectionality theory and representation,' Politics, 36(4), 346-354.
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article critically reviews the extant literature on social group representation and clarifies the advantages of intersectionality theory for studying political representation. It argues that the merit of intersectionality theory can be found in its ontology of power. Intersectionality theory is founded on a relational conception of political power that locates the constitution of power relations within social interactions, such as political representation. As such, intersectionality theory pushes scholarship beyond studying representation inequalities – that are linked to presumably stable societal positions – to also consider the ways in which political representation (re)creates positions of privilege and disadvantage.
  • SEVERS, Eline, CELIS, Karen & Petra Meier (2015) 'The indirectness of political representation: a blessing or a concern? A study of the conceptions of members of the Flemish regional parliament,' Parliamentary Affairs, 68(3), 616-637.
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article situates itself within ongoing scholarly debates on the conditions of democratic representation. It, more precisely, posits traditional concerns for the ‘indirectness’ of political representation—that is the possibility for citizens’ alienation and exclusion from decision-making—against contemporary accounts that conceive of such ‘indirectness’ as quintessential to democracy; mobilising citizens’ judgement and, potentially, drawing them into the decision-making process and making it more inclusive. Juxtaposing these two theoretical accounts with the practice of representation, this article researches—based on 70 semi-structured interviews with members of the Flemish regional parliament—how representatives themselves conceive of representation and deal with its indirectness.
  • CALUWAERTS, Didier & DESCHOUWER, Kris (2014) Building bridges across political divides: experiments on deliberative democracy in deeply divided Belgium, European Political Science Review, Vol. 6, no. 3, p 427 - 450
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    No Abstract.
  • SEVERS, Eline & MATTELAER, Alexander (2014) A Crisis of Democratic Legitimacy? It’s about Legitimation, Stupid!, in Lepoivre, Marc & Stijn Verhelst (eds), The European Elections: What is at stake for the citizen? An analysis of the EU's legitimacy and policy challenges, Gent: Academia Press, p. 25-37
    category: Peer-reviewed article
    No Abstract.
  • DESCHOUWER, Kris (2011) 'Talking about democracy,' In: Axel Gosseries & Yannick Vanderborght (Eds.). Arguing about Justice. Essays for Philippe Van Parijs. Presses Universitaires de Louvain, pp. 159-167.
    category: Book Chapter
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