Category:Representative Bodies

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Definition

A representative body is an organization that consists of elected representatives and acts as the representation of the people. In political terms, the most common representative bodies are parliaments on different political levels. On the local level, the representative bodies are referred to as "councils"; in contrast to parliaments on the federal or state level, in Germany, local councils are not part of the legislation but part of the executive branch.

Theories and Results

Functions of representative bodies: legislation, control of government, administration, mediation between citizens and government, translation of interests, communication

organized in party groups; opposition vs leading groups; power structures; internal formal and informal logics...


Representative Bodies and Online Participation

Decide about the introduction and translation of participation results into political decisions; are addressed by the people’s will