S-Space Researcher Institutes (연구소) American Studies Institute (미국학연구소) 미국학 미국학 Volume 40 Number 1/2 (2017)
‘제왕적 대통령’* 31)은 공화국의 자유를 위협하는가?: 알렉산더 해밀턴(Alexander Hamilton)의 대통령제 정부론 고찰
Is the ‘Monarchical President’ a Danger to Republican Liberty?: A Critical Review of Alexander Hamilton’s Theory of Presidential Government
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- 서울대학교 미국학연구소
- 미국학, Vol.40 No.1, pp. 167-197
- This article is a critical appraisal of Alexander Hamilton’s theory of Presidentialism, focusing on his supposition on the relationship between the ‘monarchical president’ and republican liberty. Hamilton’s theory of presidentialism is built upon his unique understanding of the meaning and the means of realizing liberty in a republic. The prime enemy of liberty in a republic is excessive jealousy of liberty itself. To secure liberty in a republic, such jealousy must be controlled for the sake of the stability of the government. A president with monarchical authority and power is the best form of government for this purpose. On the other hand, his power must also be checked and the title should go to the noblest mind in the society, so that a powerful president may not endanger liberty. In the context of the new threat to liberty in today’s democratic republics, Hamilton’s argument enlightens us to the compatibility of strong presidentialism with republican liberty.