Faculty, Department of Government
University of Essex, UK
Core: Power, Identity and Resistance
Laura Montanaro is a political theorist who is working on democratic theory in the area of non-electoral representation. Her research focuses on two broad and related questions. How might democratic representation develop outside of electoral institutions, not only within established democracies, but also in those places where representative democracy is underdeveloped or entirely absent, including the global arena? And how should we theorize and normatively assess various forms of non-electoral representation? Her manuscript, Who Elected Oxfam? A Democratic Defence of Self-Appointed Representatives considers representatives who might credibly claim democratic credentials, though not as a consequence of formal elections. Laura’s manuscript is currently under review, and she is preparing articles on the constitutive effects of representation, and non-electoral mechanisms of authorization and accountability.