Because representation is constituted by a complex array of institutions and practices, no one should be surprised that the participants in this forum have identified a wide range of concerns. Several highlight deformations of the social bases of politics, underlining the deepening and often grotesque inequalities in our new Gilded Age (Trumka and Melissa Williams) as well as ugly and persistent racism (Michael Dawson). Others focus on distortions of the political process itself: the lack of electoral competition for most congressional seats and the decline of participation at the state leve*l(Mohammad Fadel); the assault on voting rights and asymmetrical ideological polarization promoted by biased media** (Rick Perlstein); the delegitimation of active government, and the doleful effects of southern politics (Schmitt); the decay of effective mass political parties (Alex Gourevitch and Kramer); and a profoundly undemocratic delegation of power to the national security state (Gourevitch).* gerrymandered districts in PA require 3 democratic voters for a house seat to compete against 1 gop voter for the same seat. That explains the lack of participation, your vote doesn't count until the next census, a decade hence.
** restoring the fairness doctrine restores news to replace entertainment.