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Reconstructing the commercial republic : constitutional design after Madison

Author: Stephen L Elkin
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"James Madison is the thinker most responsible for laying the groundwork for the American commercial republic. But he did not anticipate that the propertied class on which he relied would become extraordinarily politically powerful at the same time that its interests narrowed. These flaws, argues Stephen L. Elkin, have undermined the delicately balanced system Madison constructed. In Reconstructing the Commercial  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen L Elkin
ISBN: 0226201341 9780226201344
OCLC Number: 62341534
Description: xiii, 413 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Thinking constitutionally in light of American aspirations --
The Madisonian commercial republic --
Flaws in the Madisonian theory --
Political regimes and political rationality --
The public interest --
A public interest politics I --
A public interest politics II --
Class and self-interest in the American commercial republic --
Thinking constitutionally about the American republic --
A modest program for republicans (with a small "r") --
Notes.
Responsibility: Stephen L. Elkin.
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James Madison is the thinker most responsible for laying the groundwork of the American commercial republic. This book critiques the Madisonian system, revealing which of its aspects have withstood  Read more...

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"An impressive, magisterial work. It will be of greatest interest to constitutional scholars, political theorists, and students of American politics." - Rogers M. Smith, University of Pennsylvania"

 
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