Sunstein - Sunstein- A Republic of Reasons 10/3/2007...

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Sunstein- A Republic of Reasons 03/10/2007 12:47:00 The framers sought to create a system of government that would simultaneously  counteract three related dangers: the  legacy   of   monarchy self - interested  representation   by   government   officials , and the power of factions or “ majority  tyranny ”. The  impartiality principle  was part of the attempt to respond to all of these  problems. o Connected with desire to limit the potential arbitrariness of the king and  indeed of everything entailed by the institutions of monarchy. o The constitution should be understood against the backdrop of  pre- Revolutionary America A large characteristic of the  American Revolution  consisted of a radical  rebellion against the monarchical legacy. o They insisted that ‘culture’ was ‘man-made’ The framers were aware of the legacy of monarchy, but also to the risk that  public officials would act on their own behalf rather than the interests of the  people. o The principle of  impartiality , requiring public official to invoke public- regarding reasons on behalf of their actions, was a check on s elf- interested representation . The framers were also interested in limiting the power of self-interested  private groups, or ‘factions’, over government processes. The framers operated in light of their experiences under the 
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Sunstein - Sunstein- A Republic of Reasons 10/3/2007...

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