Chapter Two: Parliament as Body Politic — House Seating Plans.
2.1 Does democracy have no images?
2.2 Basic parliamentary seating plans and how they came about.
2.3 The shadow of the king's body.
2.4 The parliamentarization of divine right doctrine.
Chapter Three: Parliament as Body Politic — Immunity, Publicity, Proportionality and Discontinuity.
3.1 Republican body-snatching.
3.2 'A degree of sanctity' — parliamentary immunity.
3.3 The parliamentary puppet can speak! — the question of public debate.
3.4 'A recognizable likeness of the populace' — parliamentary proportionality.
3.5 Le parlement ne meurt jamais? Parliamentary discontinuity.
3.6 Farewell to the body of the people?
Chapter Four: Democratic Bodies/Despotic Bodies.
4.1 Deputies and Doubles.
4.2 In corpore/in effigie (1).
4.3 In corpore/in effigie (2).
4.4 In corpore/in effigie (3).
4.5 Hot and cold representation.
Sources of illustrations.
"Manow sheds fresh light on the pre-modern origins of our modern political institutions and practices and shows convincingly that all political power - including democracy - requires and produces its own political mythology."
"This is a brilliant piece of historical and political analysis, tracing how imagery derived originally from the importance of the corporeal presence of monarchs continues to shape our ways of thinking about political institutions today. The design of parliamentary assemblies, the importance of the personal appearance of political figures and the value of continuity of persons occupying roles can all be seen afresh in the light of this central theme. It is probably the most original contribution to democratic theory for several years."
Colin Crouch, University of Warwick
- This is an outstanding and highly original book on a very interesting topic.
- Manow shows that our modern democratic institutions are based on ideas that stem from medieval and early modern forms of political organization, and that many features of modern politics - like the semi-circular seating plan of modern parliaments - are derived from earlier political regimes.
- This will appeal to advanced undergraduates, graduates and academics in politics, political theory and social theory.