Political Theory

Limiting Majoritarianism in Republican Constitutional Theory


This conference sought to understand those aspects of constitutional and republican government that are often charged with imposing undemocratic, or even anti-democratic, constraints on the popular will.


Conference Readings

Frohnen, Bruce, eds. The American Republic. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Paine, Thomas. The Writings of Thomas Paine, 4 Volumes. Edited by Moncure Daniel Conway. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1894.

“Brutus III [November 15, 1787] .” Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=1670 (accessed February 1, 2013).

Appleby, Joyce. “The Urgency of a Senate Rule Change [Posted: January 1, 2011] .” The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ (accessed February 1, 2013).

Buchanan, James and Gordon Tullock. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 3: The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1999.

Calhoun, John C. Union and Liberty: The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun. Edited by Ross Lence. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1992.

Hamilton, Alexander, John Jay, and James Madison. The Federalist. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Jouvenel, Bertrand de. On Power: The Natural History of Its Growth. Translated by J. F. Huntington. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1993.

Ross, Tara. “The Electoral College: Enlightened Democracy.” Legal Memorandum No. 15 (November 1, 2004): 1-13.

Zywicki, Todd and Ilya Somin. “Federalism & Separation of Powers: Ramifications of Repealing the 17th Amendment.” Engage 12, no. 2 (September 2011): 88-93.