Forms of Representation As Socio-Discursive Formations: The Case of Mexican Democracy Deficits
As a consequence, observing representation from the perspectives of political science or political sociology, and hence focusing on variables such as number of parties or mean party age, is not sufficient to identify a democracy’s strengths and weaknesses. In particular, to understand the quality deficits of Mexico’s democracy, the standpoints of cultural sociology are necessary, for represented and representatives are arrived-at configurations: they are semiological and pragmatic attributions.
From a conjunction of the said standpoints and perspectives, ideal and actual forms of representation in Mexico are characterized as sets of commitments and options in language games of negotiation, alignment, deliberation and contest. Furthermore, hypotheses are formulated for future research on the potential of initiatives to reduce the gap between those forms.