Civic Friendship in America: A Madisonian Retrospective

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Given the current and serious political polarization in America, we are compelled to ask whether a nation composed of citizens who disagree so deeply about fundamental principles can endure. Like the classics, America's Founding Father James Madison believed that concord and civic friendship are necessary to the maintenance of a healthy political order. This essay explores Madison's vision of civic friendship in America and asks how the bonds of citizenship might be regenerated in the nation today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-257
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives on Political Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 10 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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