Democracy and The Federalist: A Reconsideration of the Framers’ Intent

"Democracy and The Federalist: A Reconsideration of the Framers' Intent." American Political Science Review 53.1 (1959): 52-68.

In this essay, which appeared in the American Political Science Review in 1959, Diamond introduces his claim that the Constitution’s framers intended a democratic form of government for the United States, in the face of decades of scholarship that argues otherwise. Readers should compare this essay’s discussion of the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and democracy with the treatment in a later essay, “The Declaration and the Constitution: Liberty, Democracy and the Founders.”

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