Tocqueville, Covenant, and the Democratic Revolution

Tocqueville, Covenant, and the Democratic Revolution : Harmonizing Earth with Heaven

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Tocqueville, Covenant, and the Democratic Revolution examines the intellectual and institutional context in which Alexis de Tocqueville developed his understanding of American political culture, with its profound influence on his democratic theory. This book also examines Tocqueville's claim that religious beliefs are among the most important determinants of a people's social structure and political institutions.show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 30.5mm | 635.04g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0739111744
  • 9780739111741

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Full of fine moments. American Historical Review This book is a remarkably original effort to develop a fresh understanding and appreciation of Tocqueville's "new science of politics." Perspectives on Politics For those of us who have recognized the common intellectual framework in Adam Smith and The Federalist in their analysis of polycentric systems as applied to self-governance through federalism and in markets, Barbara Allen's analysis of Tocqueville makestwo very important contributions: First is how closely the self-government covenanting of New England Protestants parallels federalism in its analysis of governance systems and secondly how important religious culture was to reinforcing polycentric arrangements. This work is revealing for those who would like to extend self-government, federalism and markets into other cultures and especially for economists who need to understand the cultural context of institutional arrangements for both markets and governance.. -- Robert L. Bish, Professor Emeritus, Economics and Public Administration, University of Virginia For those of us who have recognized the common intellectual framework in Adam Smith and The Federalist in their analysis of polycentric systems as applied to self-governance through federalism and in markets, Barbara Allen's analysis of Tocqueville makes two very important contributions: First is how closely the self-government covenanting of New England Protestants parallels federalism in its analysis of governance systems and secondly how important religious culture was to reinforcing polycentric arrangements. This work is revealing for those who would like to extend self-government, federalism and markets into other cultures and especially for economists who need to understand the cultural context of institutional arrangements for both markets and governance. -- Robert L. Bish, Professor Emeritus, Economics and Public Administration, University of Virginiashow more

About Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen is Professor of Political Science at Carleton College.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface: A Curious Inquiry Part 2 Part One: Tocqueville & American Federal Democracy Chapter 3 Point of Departure: Covenant & the Democratic Revolution Chapter 4 Orderly Knit Together: Colonial Covenants & Federations Chapter 5 Harmonizing Earth with Heaven: Church & State in the Federal Republic Part 6 Part Two: The Hopes & Fears of the Democratic Age Chapter 7 Another Form of Hope: Religious Belief & the Democratic Soul Chapter 8 The Art and Science of Association: The Federal Matrix & the Democratic Soul Chapter 9 A Failure of Heart and Mind: Conformity, Uniformity, & Despotism in the Democratic Social Power Part 10 Part Three: Democracy & Paradox Chapter 11 Bonds of Affection: Republican Motherhood, Sacrifice, & Civic Virtue Chapter 12 Bonds of Affliction: Race Ideology & the Limits of Democratic Progress Chapter 13 Servitude or Freedom? Civic Enlightenment & the New Science of Politicsshow more

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