The Federalist Papers

"Federalism and Republicanism"

Overview

In the summer of 1787, the Framers labored to set up a political regime that would not only secure liberty and republicanism, but also bring energy and stability to the national government. Because of the failures of government under the Articles of Confederation, American political institutions were at risk. In order to secure these institutions, the Framers constructed a republican form of government that—among many other important features—instituted a new form of federalism.

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Will Morrisey is professor emeritus of politics at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Kenyon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School.