Mandate Slippage, Good and Bad: Making (Normative) Sense of Pledge Fulfillment

  • Miklós Sebők Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Abstract

Despite the substantive findings of existing research, the electoral mandate is still an elusive category in representation theory and empirical political science. The article offers a conceptual framework that promises to properly evaluate mandate fulfillment in general, and pledge fulfillment in particular from the standpoint of the normative theory of representation. In this framework the non-fulfillment of pledges is not necessarily bad for representation since mandate slippage, or the gradual process of abandoning the mandate in the post-election phase, may come in both bad and good forms. The proposed framework also develops an empirical research agenda for measuring the causes of bad mandates and mandate slippage by relying and expanding on the toolkit of empirical pledge research. Outcome oriented pledges serve as a prime example of bad mandates, whereas agency shirking is a major cause of bad mandate slippage.

Author Biography

Miklós Sebők, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Research fellow

Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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Published
2016-04-05
How to Cite
SEBŐK, Miklós. Mandate Slippage, Good and Bad: Making (Normative) Sense of Pledge Fulfillment. Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, apr. 2016. ISSN 2416-089X. Available at: <https://intersections.tk.mta.hu/index.php/intersections/article/view/131>. Date accessed: 15 nov. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.17356/ieejsp.v2i1.131.
Section
Discursive Governance, Populism and Pledges