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eBook Reconstructing the Commercial Republic: Constitutional Design after Madison ePub

by Stephen L. Elkin

  • ISBN: 0226201341
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Stephen L. Elkin
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (July 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 416
  • ePub book: 1523 kb
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Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

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.

Reconstructing the Commercial Republic is a thoughtful and challenging book, and hopefully it will inspire others to. .

Reconstructing the Commercial Republic is a thoughtful and challenging book, and hopefully it will inspire others to take up the project of constitutional preservation that it champions. Keith E. Whittington Political Science Quarterly). Stephen L. Elkin is professor emeritus in the Department of Government at the University of Maryland, where he founded the Committee for the Political Economy of the Good Society.

There is a distinct body of scholarship on the American Constitution focusing on the apparent hypocrisy of the founding generation. The framers revered freedom and equality, but many owned slaves and most were wealthy land owners. They praised democracy, but designed institutions that limit participation, and they spoke of the common good but fashioned a civil society based on self-interest and keeping people apart rather than drawing them together. A more recent line of scholarship has taken a different approach.

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In Reconstructing the Commercial Republic, Elkin critiques the Madisonian system, revealing which of its aspects have withstood .

In Reconstructing the Commercial Republic, Elkin critiques the Madisonian system, revealing which of its aspects .

James Madison is the thinker most responsible for laying the groundwork of the American commercial republic

James Madison is the thinker most responsible for laying the groundwork of 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 as its interests narrowed. This and other flaws, argues Stephen L. Elkin, have undermined the delicately balanced system he 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.

James Madison is the thinker most responsible for laying the groundwork of 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 as its interests narrowed. This and other flaws, argues Stephen L. Elkin, have undermined the delicately balanced system he 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.