Designing a Polity: America's Constitution in Theory and Practice
In Designing a Polity, James W. Ceaser, one of our leading scholars of American political development, argues for the continuing central role of the Founding within the study of American government. Drawing on essays published over the past 10 years, extensively updated and revised to reflect current politics, Ceaser engages the Founding Fathers, particularly James Madison, emphasizes Alexis de Tocqueville as a model of political inquiry, critiques current and recent theorists such as Richard Rorty and Jacques Derrida, and explores the varieties of contemporary conservative thought. Designing a Polity offers a rich exploration of the core values of political sciences that will be of special interest to scholars and students of American political development, Constitutional thought, and contemporary political thought.
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Chapter 2 Political Foundations in Tocquevilles Democracy in America
Chapter 3 American Political Foundations in the Thought of Leo Strauss
PART II THE FOUNDERS CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN AND THE ROLE OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
The American Founders and the Recovery of Political Science
Chapter 5 Demagoguery Statesmanship and Presidential Politics
Chapter 6 Doctrines of PresidentialCongressional Relations
PART III MODERN CONSERVATISM
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