Political Theory

Liberty, Federalism, and Community: Diversity and the Common Polity


This colloquium examined the themes of American Federalism as they have been applied to the question of multiculturalism in general and of the European Union in particular. This conference investigated three sets of readings by modern authors who have clearly identified the philosophical and practical challenges of applying the Madisonian program to present conditions.


Conference Readings

Buchanan, James M. Federalism, Liberty and the Law. Edited by Hartmut Kliemt. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001.

Kukathas, Chandran. The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Ostrom, Vincent. The Political Theory of a Compound Republic: Designing the American Experiment. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.