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Our More Perfect Union

From Eighteenth-Century Principles to Twentieth-Century Practice

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ISBN 9780674498488

Publication Date: 01/01/1950

460 pages


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  • Preface
  • I. “To Form α More Perfect Union”
    • Prelude to World Federation?
    • The Three Principles of the American Federal Union
    • Reason and Nature in the Political Order
  • II. The Political Principles of 1787
    • Federalism
    • Natural Limits to the Power of Numerical Majorities
    • The Separation of Powers
  • III. The Ordeal of the Constitution
    • The Unexpected Durability of the Constitution
    • The Political Effects of the Growth of Cities
    • The Political Effects of the Growth of Class Consciousness
    • The Political Effects of the Dislocation of Sectionalism
  • IV. The Unplanned Institution of Organized Partisanship
    • The Unsolved Problem of Partisanship and Factiousness
    • The Perennial Struggle between "Ins" and "Outs"
    • The Techniques of Major-Party Leadership
    • The Record of the Major Parties
    • The Puzzle of the Irrational Bipartisan System
  • V. The Natural Limits to Partisan Power
    • The Problem of Factional Coordination
    • The Presidential Election of 1948
    • The Normal Alignment of Parties
    • The Shifting and Incidence of the Balance of Power
    • The Strategic Position of the Urban Middle Class
  • VI. Majority Rule in the House of Representatives
    • The Influence of Partisanship in the House of Representatives
    • The Legislative Process under the Congressional Caucus System
    • The Legislative Process under the Delegate Convention System
    • The Legislative Process under the Direct-Primary System
    • Party Government versus Popular Government
  • VII. The Role of the Senate in the Legislative Process
    • Guardian of Minority Interests
    • Guardian of the Interests of the Rich
    • Guardian of the Interests of the States
    • Senatorial Arrogation of Legislative Power
    • Party Government versus Constitutional Government
  • VIII. Presidents and Congresses
    • The Constitutional Theory of the Presidency
    • The Actual Relations between Presidents and Congresses
    • The Principal Types of Party Government
    • The Superiority of Presidential over Congressional Leadership
    • The Separation of Powers under the Party System
    • The Special Problem of Presidential Power over Foreign Relations
  • IX. Judges and Legislators
    • The Jeffersonian Theory of Judicial Power
    • The Hamiltonian Theory of Judicial Power
    • The Impact of Partisanship on the Judicial Process
    • The Struggle for Judicial Supremacy
    • The Role of Judges in the System of Checks and Balances
  • X. Judges and Administrators
    • The Constitutional Theory of Administration
    • The Actual Relations between Judges and Administrators
    • The Record of the Republican Court
    • The Record of the Democratic Court
    • Unsolved Problems in Judicial Review of Administration
  • XI. The Supreme Court and the States
    • Conflicting Theories of Federalism
    • Judicial versus Political Guardianship of the Federal System
    • Judicial Censorship of Legislative Policy
    • Jeffersonianism versus Hamiltonianism
    • The Adjudication of Interstate Disputes
  • XII. To Perfect the More Perfect Union
    • A Critique of Madison's Three Principles
    • The Paramount Principle of the Political Mean
    • The Quest for Greater Perfection
    • The Dominant Influence of Middle-Class Parties
    • The Clew to a Still More Perfect Union
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 1951 Bancroft Prize, Columbia University
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