James Madison and the Future of Limited Government
Maclean, Iain S., Journal of Church and State
James Madison and the Future of Limited Government. Edited by John Samples. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2002. 224 pp. $19.95 paper.
James Madison is by all accounts the most "neglected" of the "founding fathers" of the United States Constitution. This benign neglect was partly atoned for in 2001 when his 250th birthday anniversary was celebrated by conferences held in Washington, Princeton University, James Madison University, and the Cato Institute. This volume, edited by John Samples, the director of the Center for Representative Government at the Cato Institute, presents the papers presented at the Cato Institute's conference. Indeed, the book is, from a specific perspective of course, asking (and providing the answers) to the question whether James Madison's ideas are applicable, and how, in the contemporary, post-modern world? In James Madison and the Future of Limited Government then, scholars first present what Madison held on the subject, and then apply the same in chapters that examine contemporary issues such as human rights, muluculturalism, religion and politics, and the powers of the federal government in the light of Madison's design.
A brief introduction is followed by twelve chapters, all exploring ways in which Madison's ideas might enlighten the present. The first three chapters by James Buchanan, Alex Kozinski & Stephen Engel, and Roger Pilon, address and advocate Madison's belief that the powers of the federal government are limited to those granted in the Constitution. The following chapters by historians Joyce Malcolm and Robert McDonald examine Madison's conception of the constitution and how it differed from that held by Jefferson. Then three chapters by Tom G. Palmer, Jacob Levy, and John Samples reflect on Madison's implications for contemporary multiculturalism and the practice of direct democracy. Levy's chapter deserves notice as it addresses an understudied area-that of the place of the Native American Indians in Madison's thought. The concluding two …
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Publication information: Article title: James Madison and the Future of Limited Government. Contributors: Maclean, Iain S. - Author. Journal title: Journal of Church and State. Volume: 45. Issue: 4 Publication date: Autumn 2003. Page number: 827+. © 1999 J.M. Dawson Studies in Church and State. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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