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According to political theorist Hanna Pitkin, there are 4 ways in which the word representative can
be used:

1) A representative is freely and fairly chosen by those whom he or she

This provides a simple and clear definition of a representative. Only the House of Commons is…

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3) A representative body is a cross-section of the whole community

This is another use of the word 'representation' which is quite common - for example, when we talk
about a 'representative sample'. However, the House of Commons fails quite badly in this respect. In
terms of gender the Commons…

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