This review provides an opportunity to look back on the work of Garrett Ward Sheldon, who teaches political science at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Sheldon has written books on the political philosophies of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and now, with C. William Hill, Jr,. on John Taylor of Caroline. Taken together, Sheldon's three books make two major claims. First, they all argue that classical republican ideas were invoked as means to sustain a liberal society, and therefore there is no theoretical tension between republicanism and liberalism. Sheldon and Hill call this framework "liberal republicanism." Second, his books argue that the American ideal is local participatory democracy.
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Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Republicanism--United States--History--18th century; Federal government--United States; Separation of powers--United States
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Taylor, John, 1753-1824--Political and social views; Sheldon, Garrett Ward, 1954-. Liberal republicanism of John Taylor of Caroline