Federalist papers 101

The Improved Science of Politics


Publius argued that the “science of politics . . . has received great improvement” in his own day.

These improvements include separation of powers, legislative checks and balances, judges who serve a life term during good behavior, and what he called “the ENLARGEMENT of the ORBIT” of government.

Contrary to the practice of previous republics, Publius argued that a republic had a much greater chance of achieving success if it is spread out over a large or extended territory, rather than a small or contracted one.


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About the Professor

Paul A. Rahe is the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage and Professor of Historyat Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 2007.

He received a B.A. from Yale University in 197, as well as a B.A. from the University of Oxford in 1974.

He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, where he went on to serve as an instuctor for two years, and returned in 1996-1997 as a visiting professor.

He has taught at Cornell University, Franklin and Marshall college, and The University of Tulsa, where he taught from 1981-2007 and was named the J.P. Walker Professor of American History in 1994.


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