Four critical aspects of representation are discussed in detail:
- accountability of legislators to their constituents,
- autonomy from political bosses and politics,
- authority and capacity to perform representation roles, and
- personal attributes of legislators.
Legislative representation is examined from an environmental perspective. In rural Africa, the environment – land, natural resources, ecosystem services – is an important source of household livelihoods and a vital constituent interest. As such, the environment provides a useful optic for observation and understanding governance, and a potentially powerful lever for engaging citizens in government matters, promoting systemic governance reforms, and strengthening democracy.