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Federalist No. 67: Can the Executive Sustain Both Republican and Energetic Government?


Rogan Kersh is associate dean and a professor of public policy in the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. He has written widely on American political development, including the book-length Dreams of a More Perfect Union (2001), as well as on U.S. political institutions and public policy.


Federalist No. 67 generally is read as a vigorous defense of the chief executive and contains intense language to alleviate fears of a dictatorial president. However, it also can be read as a much deeper explication of the blend of republican and energetic government. The author examines this defense within the larger stream of Federalist Papers and compares the Anti-Federalist attacks against a strong executive and Alexander Hamilton’s aggressive justifications.