"The Central Meaning of Republican Government: Popular Sovereignty, Majority Rule, and the Problem of the Denominator," 65 U. Colo. L. Rev. 749 (1994)
Like the apostle Paul, Republican Government has been "made all things to all men." The concept is indeed a spacious one, and many particular ideas can comfortably nestle under its big tent. Surprisingly, however, few modern scholars seem even aware of the central meaning of Republican Government--of the main pole that keeps the big top up, as it were. Today, I shall describe this central pillar as understood and acted upon in the Founding, Antebellum, and Civil War eras.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Amar, Akhil Reed, "The Central Meaning of Republican Government: Popular Sovereignty, Majority Rule, and the Problem of the Denominator" (1994). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 981.