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The Madisonian Systems

John Zvesper
The Western Political Quarterly
Vol. 37, No. 2 (Jun., 1984), pp. 236-256
DOI: 10.2307/448567
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/448567
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Abstract

There were two "Madisonian systems": the interest-group pluralism of the famous tenth Federalist paper, and the less famous but more truly republican system of party government which Madison advocated after 1789. These conflicting theoretical systems corresponded to the two conflicting tendencies of his practical politics. Studies of Madison's contradictions have not explored the possibility suggested here, that those contradictions reflected the defects of both systems and, perhaps, Madison's own recognition of those defects. Examination of his development and use of his basic pluralist argument shows that he was not deeply committed to it, possibly because of its theoretical defects. Madison displayed a similar detachment from his second system. He was more consistently attached to the principles of liberalism and prudence than to the devices of pluralism and party government.

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