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the constituency This sounds attractive but such an idea of representation militates against the expectation that representative bodies legislatures should shape and articulate the larger public interest transcending the specifics of their own electorates The proverbial hanging sword of the right to recall means that the space for a negotiated relationship between interests of the constituents and the more general collective interest will be very narrowif not entirely non-existent This is not only an experiential possibility emanating from the right to recallit is the fundamental tenet that representatives are accountable only to their electorates almost oblivious to larger responsibilities and expectations In this sensethe right to recall is only one little stepthe larger agenda will be to dismantle the edifice of elected democracy and replace it by a democracy where citizens actually share the powers of decision-making the representative is dispensed with This intention is often predicated on the claims of sovereignty of the people understood in a mythical sense Invocations of the popular will always have the potential of being a tool of radical democracy It has also the potential of being a tool of populism against which institutionalised though less romantic and less attractive forms of democracy are designed as mechanisms to protect democracy from abuses of democracy We have a paradoxical situation here: historicallythe idea of representative democracy has conservative lineage as opposed to more radical versions of popular will or popular sovereignty Yet defying its conservative parentagerepresentative democracy formalised the idea of inclusion In our current version of representative democracypeoples power to govern themselves is operationalised within a framework that ensures political equality one person-one voteand free access to electoral participation are formalised This ensures a minimum threshold of inclusiveness In contrastthe measures of direct democracysuch as recallcan easily be the less inclusive ones While giving more power to (some) peopleit presents us with possibilities of not including those citizens who choose to be less politically alertless politically engaged The Athenian model of citizen is indeed a model that the gentry can afford to emulate Sothe people whose voice direct democracy will structurally facilitatecan very easily be less than the sum total of the real people they would only be people who have the wherewithal of articulating the dominant voice It is in this sense that the idea of representative government produces democratic politics while measures of direct democracy are fraught with less inclusive and more forbidding practices of elite politics In the upcoming debate on the right to recallwe need to be aware of this paradoxical dimension that romanticisation and radicalisation of the idea of democracy is easier than consolidation of formalinstitutional and political idea of democracy The author teaches political science at the University of Pune For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related Newsor a combination, the first-of-its-kind on the western coast, the day Brendon’s body was found.” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top News June 9. I will tell the home minister to make arrangements for his security. the latter job has taken a backseat. says he is keen to work in the remake of the 1989 film “Parinda” starring his father Jackie Shroff.” Babbar said while speaking to mediapersons in Lucknow after the sit-in. women’s singles and mixed doubles quarter-finals. 2016 1:07 pm Australia’s olympic rugby athlete Henry Hutchison poses for a picture with his mascot.

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