Federalist Papers Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Publius the Institutionalist

Rather than ideology, our political culture at this point is almost entirely the function of a kind of breakdown of our social psychology, unleashed and unmoored from institutional constraints. Revisiting the Federalist Papers can help us to see our modern dilemmas more clearly.

A Government Ill-Executed

The more extreme problems the Trump White House has faced and the more mundane dysfunction that has become its routine are rooted in the same source.

Rekindling Constitutional Ambition

It might be worth our while, in this challenging time, to think about the assumptions the Framers of the Constitution made regarding the proper attitudes of the people who work in the institutions they created. We might then get a sense of what potential reforms could help imbue policymakers and others with these attitudes.