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The Resource Reconstructing the commercial republic : constitutional design after Madison, Stephen L. Elkin

Reconstructing the commercial republic : constitutional design after Madison, Stephen L. Elkin

Label
Reconstructing the commercial republic : constitutional design after Madison
Title
Reconstructing the commercial republic
Title remainder
constitutional design after Madison
Statement of responsibility
Stephen L. Elkin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 Republic, Elkin critiques the Madisonian system, revealing which of its aspects have withstood the test of time and which have not." "The deficiencies Elkin points out provide the starting point for his own constitutional theory of the republic - a theory that, unlike Madison's, lays out a substantive conception of the public interest that emphasizes the power of institutions to shape our political, economic, and civic lives. Elkin argues that his theory should guide us toward building a commercial republic that is rooted in a politics of the public interest and the self-interest of the middle class. He then recommends specific reforms to create this kind of republic, asserting that Americans today can still have the lives a commercial republic is intended to promote: lives with real opportunities for economic prosperity, republican political self-government, and individual liberty."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Elkin, Stephen L
Dewey number
320.97301
Index
index present
LC call number
JA84.U5
LC item number
E55 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Political science
  • Republicanism
  • Public interest
  • Common good
  • United States
Label
Reconstructing the commercial republic : constitutional design after Madison, Stephen L. Elkin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-394) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Thinking constitutionally about the American republic
  • A modest program for republicans (with a small "r")
  • Notes
  • 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
Control code
62341534
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 413 pages
Isbn
9780226201344
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005033766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780226201344
Label
Reconstructing the commercial republic : constitutional design after Madison, Stephen L. Elkin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-394) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Thinking constitutionally about the American republic
  • A modest program for republicans (with a small "r")
  • Notes
  • 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
Control code
62341534
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 413 pages
Isbn
9780226201344
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005033766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780226201344

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