In a system of representative government, the mass of people are almost always poorer than their candidates.
What is really going on here—in extremis—is representative government.
This is the very reductio ad absurdum of representative government.
A representative government may be as despotic as an absolute monarchy.
The legislative assembly of 1854 has already been described as the earliest germ of representative government in India.
Here, then, is the primary paradox of representative government.
There is a radical difference between a democracy and a representative government.
That it should be a representative government they grasp, but representative of what?
This law was a coup d'état against electoral opinions and representative government.
Men felt that they had representative government and they were content.
a form of government in which the citizens delegate authority to elected representatives
"serving to represent," late 14c., from Old French representatif (early 14c.), from Medieval Latin repraesentativus, from stem of Latin repraesentare (see represent). Meaning "standing for others" is from 1620s; in the political sense of "holding the place of the people in the government, having citizens represented by chosen persons" is first recorded 1620s. Meaning "pertaining to or founded on representation of the people" is from 1640s.
1640s, "example, type," from representative (adj.); 1690s in sense of "member of a legislative body."