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Tocqueville, Covenant, and the Democratic Revolution Harmonizing Earth with Heaven
978-0-7391-1064-5 • Hardback
August 2005 • $110.00 • (£70.00)
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978-0-7391-1174-1 • Paperback
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Pages: 400
Size: 6 3/4 x 9 1/4
By Barbara Allen
 
Political Science | General
Lexington Books
Tocqueville, Covenant, and the Democratic Revolution examines the intellectual and institutional context in which Alexis de Tocqueville developed his understanding of American political culture, with its profound influence on his democratic theory. American democracy, Tocqueville maintained, had emerged from the covenant tradition of Reformed Protestantism. The covenant, or foederal, theology of New England Puritans provided the ideational basis for federated church and civil government, which directly influenced the American constitutionalism and the republican institutions that Tocqueville later observed. Tocqueville suggested that the principles underlying American constitutionalism offered broader lessons in the art and science of self-government. An important book for scholars of Tocqueville as well as American political thought, this book suggests that an understanding of the American covenant tradition is critical to our interpretation of Tocqueville's analysis of the democratic revolution and the "new science of politics" it necessitated.
Barbara Allen is Professor of Political Science at Carleton College.
Chapter 1 Preface: A Curious Inquiry
Part 2 Part One: Tocqueville & American Federal Democracy
Chapter 3 Point of Departure: Covenant & the Democratic Revolution
Chapter 4 Orderly Knit Together: Colonial Covenants & Federations
Chapter 5 Harmonizing Earth with Heaven: Church & State in the Federal Republic
Part 6 Part Two: The Hopes & Fears of the Democratic Age
Chapter 7 Another Form of Hope: Religious Belief & the Democratic Soul
Chapter 8 The Art and Science of Association: The Federal Matrix & the Democratic Soul
Chapter 9 A Failure of Heart and Mind: Conformity, Uniformity, & Despotism in the Democratic Social Power
Part 10 Part Three: Democracy & Paradox
Chapter 11 Bonds of Affection: Republican Motherhood, Sacrifice, & Civic Virtue
Chapter 12 Bonds of Affliction: Race Ideology & the Limits of Democratic Progress
Chapter 13 Servitude or Freedom? Civic Enlightenment & the New Science of Politics
Full of fine moments.
American Historical Review


This book is a remarkably original effort to develop a fresh understanding and appreciation of Tocqueville's "new science of politics."
Perspectives on Politics


For those of us who have recognized the common intellectual framework in Adam Smith and The Federalist in their analysis of polycentric systems as applied to self-governance through federalism and in markets, Barbara Allen's analysis of Tocqueville makestwo very important contributions: First is how closely the self-government covenanting of New England Protestants parallels federalism in its analysis of governance systems and secondly how important religious culture was to reinforcing polycentric arrangements. This work is revealing for those who would like to extend self-government, federalism and markets into other cultures and especially for economists who need to understand the cultural context of institutional arrangements for both markets and governance..
Robert L. Bish, Professor Emeritus, Economics and Public Administration, University of Virginia


For those of us who have recognized the common intellectual framework in Adam Smith and The Federalist in their analysis of polycentric systems as applied to self-governance through federalism and in markets, Barbara Allen's analysis of Tocqueville makes two very important contributions: First is how closely the self-government covenanting of New EnglandProtestants parallels federalism in its analysis of governance systems and secondly how important religious culture was to reinforcing polycentric arrangements. This work is revealing for those who would like to extend self-government, federalism and markets into other cultures and especially for economists who need to understand the cultural context of institutionalarrangements for both markets and governance.
Robert L. Bish, Professor Emeritus, Economics and Public Administration, University of Virginia


 
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