Friday, December 24, 2010

How the Road to Bell Was Paved.

Though fundamentally tawdry, the Bell scandal raises two important questions about the prospect of American self-government. First, can a post-Madisonian development in America—the professionalization of government that began a century ago—be reconciled to the Madisonian framework of counteracting ambitions? Second, can we still rely on conscientious civic engagement at the local level to be the elevating political force that Tocqueville applauded—and, if not, can our republic endure without it?

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