Los minipúblicos deliberativos y la concepción populista de la representación como “encarnación” del pueblo

Translated title of the contribution: Deliberative Minipublics and the Populist Conception of Representation as Embodiment

Cristina Lafont, Luciana Wisky, Moira Pérez

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In this essay, I analyse different proposals for inserting deliberative minipublics into the political process in order to overcome the many representational “gaps” that afflict traditional party systems today. I argue that the notion of representation that underlies many of these proposals has some strong similarities to the notion of representation as “embodiment” that is characteristic of populism. From a comparative analysis of the populist and lottocratic varieties of “embodied representation,” I highlight two features they share, which are also inimical to democracy. On the basis of this analysis, I defend a way of understanding the relationship between minipublics' participants and citizenry at large that avoids the problematic features of the conception of representation as embodiment. To conclude, I show how defences of “trust-based” uses of minipublics can be problematic and, instead, argue for participatory uses of minipublics that would genuinely empower the citizenry.

Translated title of the contributionDeliberative Minipublics and the Populist Conception of Representation as Embodiment
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalTorres de Lucca
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • Democracy
  • Lottocracy
  • Minipublics
  • Populism
  • Public participation
  • Representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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