Constitution Making: Conflict and Consensus in the Federal Convention Of 1787

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Algora Publishing, 2007 - 260 Seiten
Looking closely at the roll-call voting records, the author examines the patterns of cooperation and conflict among individual delegates and their state delegations as voting units; analyzes the changes in voting coalitions and the implication of those changes for the resolution of critical substantive issues before the Convention and shows how these major issues were addressed, modified and resolved from the opening of the Convention on May 25, 1787, to its final adjournment on September 17. The result is a conceptually sophisticated and empirically accurate understanding of the politics of constitution making in the Federal Convention that the author hopes will allow us to see the democratic politics of our own age in clearer perspective.
 

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Perspectives on the Federal Convention of 1787
1
Debate Deadlock and Issue Resolution in the Convention
18
James Madison and the Origins the Virginia Plan
35
The Nature of Government in the New Republic
49
The Representation Question Madison and His Opponents
64
The Role of the Executive in Republican Government
101
Periphery and Nationalist Center On Restraining Government
121
Small State Fears and the States Rights Caucus
151
Notes
208
Bibliography
209
The Data
215
The Virginia Plan
221
The New Jersey Plan
223
Committee of Detail Report
226
The Constitution of the United States
229
Index
237

The Brearley Committee Report a New Northern Majority
169
Summary and Conclusion
193

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