The Federalist Papers and Institutional Power In American Political Development

Authors: Wirls, D.

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This book reconnects The Federalist Papers to the study of American politics and political development, arguing that the papers contain previously unrecognized theory of institutional power, a theory that enlarges and refines the contribution of the papers to political theory, but also reconnects the papers to the study of American politics.

About the authors

Daniel Wirls is Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. He writes and teaches about Congress, the Senate, military policy, the separation of powers, and American political history. His most recent book is Irrational Security: The Politics of Defense from Reagan to Obama (2010). He is also co-author of The Invention of the United States Senate (2004), among other works.

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"Wirls' fresh and compelling treatment of institutional power and dynamics in The Federalist Papers reveals what has been neglected in thinking about this canonical work. It also illuminates what we stand to gain in adopting The Federalist Papers' view of institutional power: offering us a way to understand more fully what political development looks like and why it takes the form that it does. Wirls' book will be of interest to scholars of both American Political Thought and American Political Development, setting an ambitious agenda for future scholarship that combines areas of study that too often sit apart." - George Thomas, Claremont McKenna College, USA

"In this exceptionally thoughtful and elegant interpretation of The Federalist Papers, Wirls does two difficult but very important things at once: he provides a brief but comprehensive account of the intellectual unity of Federalist and simultaneously shows that Publius's nuanced institutionalism can decisively contribute to and advance the institutionalist preoccupations of American political development scholars. This is a must - and very rewarding - read for scholars of American political thought and American political development." - Rick Valelly, Swarthmore College, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Federalist Theory of Institutional Power

    Wirls, Daniel

    Pages 1-17

  • The Separated Institutions Sharing Power: Powers, Organization, and Constituency in The Federalist

    Wirls, Daniel

    Pages 18-39

  • Stability, Change, and Power in the Study of Political Institutions

    Wirls, Daniel

    Pages 40-57

  • Powers, Organization, and Constituency in Early American Political Development

    Wirls, Daniel

    Pages 58-87

  • The Second Republic: The Era of Presidential Power and the Personal Branches

    Wirls, Daniel

    Pages 88-112

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Federalist Papers and Institutional Power In American Political Development
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49960-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137499608
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53327-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50690-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 133
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