: Thomas Paine and the Perfecting of Simple Democracy

in Representative Democracy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226842783
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226842806 | DOI:
: Thomas Paine and the Perfecting of Simple Democracy

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Sieyes, along with Paine, was one of the nine members of the Comitè de Constitution chaired by Condorcet from September 1792 to February 1793 and led by the Girondins. The Comitè was too hostile to the “reactionary party” to accommodate a centrist such as Sieyes, who did not play an active role in the writing of the constitution. Little is known of the debates within the committee. Yet judging from the parliamentary debate that began two months after Condorcet had made the plan public in February 1793, the main point of contention seemed to be state centralization versus federalism. This chapter clarifies the differences between representative government and representative democracy as Thomas Paine first envisioned them in the course of his 1791 debate with Sieyes.

Keywords: representative government; representative democracy; Thomas Paine; democratic republicanism

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Subjects: Political Theory

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