Does America have a representation problem?

Politics in Question

Jun 20 2023 • 41 mins

In this week’s episode, Lee speaks with Lisa Disch about the state of America’s representative democracy. Disch is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on contemporary continental political thought, especially feminist theory, political ecology, and theories of democracy in both the United States and France. She is the author of Making Constituencies: Representation as Mobilization in Mass Democracy (The University of Chicago Press, 2021), The Tyranny of the Two Party System (Columbia University Press, 2002) and Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Philosophy (Cornell University Press, 1994).

How responsive are legislators to their constituents’ concerns? What role do legislators play in shaping their constituents’ views? And is there a crisis of representation in American politics? These are some of the questions Lisa and Lee ask in this week’s episode.

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