Madison v. Hamilton: The Battle Over Republicanism and the Role of Public Opinion

  title={Madison v. Hamilton: The Battle Over Republicanism and the Role of Public Opinion},
  author={Colleen A. Sheehan},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={405 - 424}
  • C. A. Sheehan
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • History, Law
  • American Political Science Review
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