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Madisonian Federalism

Colleen Sheehan

Colleen Sheehan, Director of the Matthew J Ryan Center at Villanova University, participated in the 2016 Principles of Federalism Conference hosted by the Center for Constitutional Studies at UVU. Colleen Sheehan defines the foundation of Madisonian Federalism. She refers to how Madisonian Federalism was formed and established.

About James Madison

Brief introduction to James Madison 

Madison's Vision of a Representative Democracy

In a nation where private funding from wealthy donors fuels political campaigns, Lawrence Lessig told a Madison Vision Series .

The Legacy of James Madison

Year of production: 2007

Running Time: 2:30 min

Color / Sound / Subtitled

Pulitzer-prize winning historian Jack N. Rakove discusses Madison, his work, and his influence in an interview with Manuscript Division Chief Jim Hutson

James Madison

Year of production: 2015

Running Time: 2:30 min

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Author Lynne Cheney talks about her new extensive biography of James Madison with National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen. (Video contains excerpts of program recorded on May 13, 2014.)

Contemporary Legacy

Constitution Center Event

Leading Madison scholars Burt Neuborne and David O. Stewart discuss James Madison’s historical and contemporary legacy. Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California moderates.

Impact on Law

Year of production: 2007

Running Time: 2:30 min

Color / Sound / Subtitled

Chief Judge Diane Wood and Judge Kent Jordan on the Constitutional Legacy of James Madison

Constitution Center Event 

Madison and Frankfurter: Friends, Enemies, and the Meaning of the Constitution

Noah Feldman on 'Madison and Frankfurter: Friends, Enemies, and the Meaning of the Constitution'

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James Madison's writing

Articles, Programs and

other  Resources 

 American Compact: James Madison and the Problem of Founding (American Political Thought), published by the University Press of Kansas. The author re-examines Madison’s philosophy on state-making, his ideas on the liberal foundations of government, and how he differed philosophically from Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. 

The Three Lives of James Madison

Ultimately he turned to foreign policy, seeking to establish America's place in the world without force. He almost succeeded.

Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father 

Michael Signer crafted his biography of James Madison in a different way by focusing on the fourth president's youth. He characterized the book as "an intellectual and psychological biography of a young Madison before age 36.

James Madison and Democracy: The Complex Case for 'Our Complicated System

Dr. Alan Gibson, California State University Chico

Noam Chomsky: Critique of Madisonian Democracy

Mr. Chomsky examined the principle and practice of democracy in the U.S. over the past 200 years. He argued that the democratic order encapsulated in the Constitution, principally by James Madison, declared the right to own property as the preeminent foundation of the social order and was therefore designed to protect those who owned property by ensuring their control over the government. He also argued that this system has not evolved to include broader segments of the population, as some have claimed, but has made possible the development of industrial capitalism which depends on governmental largesse and exploits the bulk of the population. After his remarks, he took questions from the audience. 4/4/97

Noam Chomsky - Madison vs. Aristotle

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