The Scepter of Reason

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

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This work 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 modelled 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 evaluates this alternative from the ideal of a deliberate democracy. The book challenges much of the academic literature on the philosophical foundations of modern constitutionalism, and advances suggestions for a different approach.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 160 x 243.8 x 15.2mm | 362.88g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • 2000.
  • bibliography, index
  • 0792365089
  • 9780792365082

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. Radicalism and Conservatism in England. 2. Radicalism and Populism in the U.S. 3. The Conservative Reaction. James Madison: Institutional Reforms Against the Power of Factions. 4. The Conservative Reaction II. Defending the New Institutions in the Federal Convention. 5. The Conservative Model of Deliberation. Appendix: Contemporary Political Institutions and Deliberation. Bibliography. Index.
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