Federalists, The Antifederalists, And The American Political Tradition

Federalists, The Antifederalists, And The American Political Tradition


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Federalists, The Antifederalists, And The American Political Tradition by Michael T. Gibbons, Wilson McWilliams

In analyzing the debates between the Federalists and the Antifederalists, McWilliams, Gibbons, and their contributors break sharply with those who interpret the founding of America as either the work of pure pragmatists or as the institutionalization of class interests. This study of the very nature of modern representative democracy explains past and present dilemmas and contradictions in terms of differing Federalist and Antifederalist views. Students and scholars interested in political theory and American government and history will find this discussion of our political traditions a fascinating one that provokes thought about possible opportunities for political renewal and democratic change.

This examination of the political theory of the American founding deals with often-opposing beliefs about pluralist interests and political compromise, human nature, what constitutes the public good and the public sphere, the relationship between polity and economy, the role of religion in politics, and our political tradition in general. The study presents different points of view held by America's founders and considers other interpretations and ideas of Machiavelli, Spinoza, Hobbes, Montesquieu, James Wilson, and Woodrow Wilson, among others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313277245
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/1992
Series: Contributions in Political Science Series , #28
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)

About the Author

WILSON CAREY McWILLIAMS is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Idea of Fraternity in America and numerous articles on political theory and American politics. McWilliams was the director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar from which most of these essays evolved.

MICHAEL T. GIBBONS is Associate Professor of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is the editor of Interpreting Politics. Among his current research interests is the debate between the Federalists and the Antifederalists over the nature of the public sphere.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Michael T. Gibbons and Wilson Carey McWilliams

Machiavellian Lessons in America: Republican Foundings, Original Principles, and Political Empowerment by Kent Brudney

Reflections on Human Nature: The Federalists and the Republican Tradition by David Freeman

Montesquieu and the Ideological Strain in Antifederalist Thought by Abraham Kupersmith

The Fall of James Wilson's Democratic Presidency by Susan Abrams Beck

The Founders, Woodrow Wilson, and the Public Good by Dwight Kiel

The Public Sphere, Commercial Society, and The Federalist Papers by Michael T. Gibbons

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