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    Le Grand Mal de L'Époque: Tocqueville on French Political Corruption.William Selinger - 2016 - History of European Ideas 42 (1):73-94.
    SUMMARYDuring the years he was involved in French parliamentary politics, Alexis de Tocqueville was obsessed with the issue of political corruption. This article presents the first sustained analysis of Tocqueville’s speeches and writings on French corruption. It examines Tocqueville’s initial encounter with corruption during his run for parliamentary office, his sophisticated account of the sources of corruption, and his strategies for reforming French politics. The article contends that taking seriously Tocqueville’s struggle against corruption has the effect of complicating several conventional (...)
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    Fighting Electoral Corruption in the Victorian Era: An Overlooked Dimension of John Stuart Mill’s Political Thought.William Selinger - 2016 - European Journal of Political Theory:147488511666401.
    For nearly half a century John Stuart Mill was a major critic of the forms of electoral corruption prevalent in Victorian England. Yet this political commitment has been largely overlooked by schol...
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    The Politics of Arendtian Historiography: European Federation and the Origins of Totalitarianism.William Selinger - 2014 - Modern Intellectual History:1-30.
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    The Other Side of Representation: The History and Theory of Representative Government in Pierre Rosanvallon.Gregory Conti & William Selinger - 2016 - Constellations 23 (4):548-562.
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    The Politics of Arendtian Historiography: European Federation and the Origins of Totalitarianism.William Selinger - 2016 - Modern Intellectual History 13 (2):417-446.
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    Reappraising Walter Bagehot's Liberalism: Discussion, Public Opinion, and the Meaning of Parliamentary Government.William Selinger & Greg Conti - 2015 - History of European Ideas 41 (2):264-291.
    SummaryThis article offers a novel and comprehensive account of Walter Bagehot's political thought. It ties together an interpretation of Bagehot's liberal commitment to norms of discussion and deliberation, with an analysis of Bagehot's extensive arguments about the institutions of representative government. We show how Bagehot's opposition to American-style presidentialism, to parliamentary democracy, and to proportional representation were profoundly shaped by his conceptions of government by discussion, and the rule of public opinion. Bagehot's criticisms of English parliamentarianism, both of its pre-1832 (...)
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  7. Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber.William Selinger - 2019 - Cambridge University Press.
    For eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors such as Burke, Constant, and Mill, a powerful representative assembly that freely deliberated and controlled the executive was the defining institution of a liberal state. Yet these figures also feared that representative assemblies were susceptible to usurpation, gridlock, and corruption. Parliamentarism was their answer to this dilemma: a constitutional model that enabled a nation to be truly governed by a representative assembly. Offering novel interpretations of canonical liberal authors, this history of liberal political ideas suggests (...)
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