PHM 2204 Lecture 3

PHM 2204 Lecture 3 - PHM 2204 David Copp Fall, 2007 THE...

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PHM 2204 Fall, 2007 David Copp THE FEDERALIST PAPERS – I: REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT AND THE DANGER OF FACTION Madison, Federalist 10 (p. 75), says, “To secure the public good and private rights against the danger of . .. faction, and at the same time to preserve the spirit and the form of popular government, is then the great object to which our inquiries are directed.” (1) “Popular Government”: What does Madison mean? He does not say. Instead he defines two ideas: (a) “a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.“ (p. 76) (b) “A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place” * In a republic, there is a “delegation of the government . .. to a small number of citizens elected by the rest.” (p. 76) * “we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by people holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.” (p. 237) * the term “republic is used to refer to a variety of forms of government (FP, 236-237). * Madison has in mind what is sometimes called “representative government.”
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PHM 2204 Lecture 3 - PHM 2204 David Copp Fall, 2007 THE...

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