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The Scepter of Reason : Public Discussion and Political Radicalism in the Origins of Constitutionalism

Author: Roberto Gargarella
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 2000.
Series: Law and philosophy library, 48.
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This book explores the origins of Anglo-American Constitutionalism, from both a philosophical and a historical perspective. It attempts to show that the institutional mechanisms incorporated into the American Constitution were modeled under a strong bias against collective discussion. The book also examines the alternative institutional system then proposed by a different and more radical tradition of thought, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roberto Gargarella
ISBN: 9789401139458 9401139458
OCLC Number: 851371948
Description: 1 online resource (172 pages).
Contents: 1 Radicalism and Conservatism in England --
The Authority of the People Outside the Parliament --
The Crisis of Political Representation --
The 'Radical Societies' in England --
The Radicals' Epistemic View, and their Egalitarianism --
The Radicals' Institutional Proposals --
The Conservative Challenge --
When Thomas Paine Confronted Edmund Burke --
2 Radicalism and Populism in the U.S. --
A Government for the Majority --
Town Meetings and County Conventions 29 The Constitution of Pennsylvania: The Experiment of 'Unchecked Majorities' --
The Constitution of Pennsylvania in Motion --
The 'Critical Period' of American History --
The Context of the Crisis --
The Demand for Paper Money and Counter-Institutional Reactions --
Institutional Responses to the Majority Claims --
The Paper-Money Crisis in Rhode Island --
The Critics of Radicalism/Populism --
3 The Conservative Reaction. James Madison: Institutional Reforms Against The Power of Factions --
The Evolution of Madison's Ideas of Factions. Earlier Approaches --
Defining the 'Vices of the Political System' --
Analyzing the Madisonian Definition of Factions --
Representation --
Minorities --
Checks and Balances --
The Problems of the System of Checks and Balances --
4 The Conservative Reaction II. Defending the New Institutions in the Federal Convention --
The 'Conservative' Antifederalists --
The Federalists --
The North American Constitution and Epistemic Elitism --
About Popular Assemblies and the House of Representatives --
Some Basic Tools --
The Executive --
The Senate --
The Judiciary --
5 The Conservative Model of Deliberation --
Why Deliberation? What Kind of Deliberation? --
The Elitist Character of the Conservative Model of Deliberation --
Why Restricted Deliberation? --
Radicalism and Public Deliberation --
Why Public Deliberation? --
Appendix Contemporary Political Institutions and Deliberation --
The Possibility of Deliberation --
The Judiciary and Public Dialogue --
The Political Branches of Government and Deliberation --
We the People and Interbranch Dialogue --
Final Notes.
Series Title: Law and philosophy library, 48.
Responsibility: by Roberto Gargarella.

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It is not unusual that formal and informal discussions about the political system, its virtues, and its many defects, conclude in a discussion about impartiality. We show our concerns with  Read more...

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