Santa Clara University Federalist No 10 Madison Theories and Arguments Paper

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In the appendix to your book you will find a copy of Federalist #10 by James Madison. You can

also find it online at http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa10.htm and numerous other sites.
Although it is not very long, it is densely worded, and is probably the most important primary
source one can consult on the theory behind our government’s design. Please read this selection
carefully and summarize Madison’s theories and arguments.


Summarization is an important skill to develop for academic work and for many pursuits. The
point of this exercise is for you to closely read a document and extract the main points.
While you are reading please keep in mind the following questions:
What is the main challenge faced by democracies? How can this problem be solved? Is there
more than one solution? Is one better than the other? Why?



General criteria:
Your paper must be typed. Please use standard margins of one inch on all sides and a
12 point font . Your paper should be 500-600 words long, which is about 2 to 3 double spaced pages. Please
watch your spelling.

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ARTICLE SUMMARY: FEDERALIST NO.10

Article Summary: Federalist No.10
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ARTICLE SUMMARY: FEDERALIST NO.10

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Article Summary: Federalist No.10
Federalist No. 10 was a piece by James Madison. It was among the 85 Federalist essays
and was published in 1789. According to Madison, the primary challenge that democracies face
is the issue of political factions. The rival parties are the cause of the instability in governments
and are characterized by disregard of the public good due to the conflict within rival parties and
that the superior majority is the one who often decides on measures which do not f...


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