Federalist No. 1 sets the basic framework for interpreting the U.S. Constitution. It contains an implied definition of "good government" that occupied the founders as they built a stronger national government. This essay explains the conflict embedded in the debate between the two theories of good government offered by Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson and asks how the competing definitions might be reconciled with recent experience.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Public Administration