The Politics of Public Opinion: James Madison's "Notes on Government"

  title={The Politics of Public Opinion: James Madison's "Notes on Government"},
  author={C. A. Sheehan},
  journal={William and Mary Quarterly},
N _o one of America's Founders has engendered as much confusion and controversy among historians and political scientists as James Madison. The question that is most perplexing concerns his theory of republicanism, its meaning and its implications for practical politics. In I79I-I792 Madison penned a set of notes that, though rarely studied and never comprehensively treated by scholars, epitomizes his political theory and may well be the key to solving the problem of Madison. These "Notes on… Expand
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