Alberto Giordano

How long do institutions last? Jefferson, Madison and the intergenerational right to build democracy anew

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This paper focuses on the celebrated - but sometimes misunderstood - debate between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison on intergenerational justice to address an original interpretation of it, shedding new light on the institutional output of both Jeffersonian and Madisonian positions within the ideological context of republicanism and questioning their legacy and significance for contemporary political theory.


  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • Intergenerational Justice
  • Republicanism
  • Constitutionalism


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