Architects of political change : constitutional quandaries and social choice theory /
- Publication info:
- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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- Architects of political change : constitutional quandaries and social choice theory / Norman Schofield.
- Main Author:
- Schofield, Norman, 1944-
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
"This work offers a set of extended interpretations of Madison's argument in Federalist X of 1787, using ideas from social choice theory and from the work of Douglass North, Mancur Olson, and William Riker. Its focus is not on social choice theory itself, but on the use of this theory as a heuristic device to better understand democratic institutions. The treatment adapts a formal model of elections to consider rapid constitutional change at periods when societies face social quandaries."--BOOK JACKET.
- Physical Description:
xiv, 317 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-307) and index.
0521832020 (hardback)0521539722 (pbk.)97805218320219780521539722
Table of Contents
- 1. Constitutional quandaries and social choice
- 2. Power and social choice
- 3. Franklin and the war of independence
- 4. Madison, Jefferson, and condorcet
- 5. Lincoln and the Civil War
- 6. Johnson and the critical realignment of 1964
- 7. Keynes and the Atlantic constitution
- 8. Preferences and beliefs
- 9. Political change.