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A popular government may prove too weak to prevent one faction from abusing another (as in Massachusetts), or a popular majority can be tyrannical (as in Pennsylvania). In fact, the tyranny of the majority can be an even greater threat than rule by the few: facing the will of the majority, the lone person cannot count on the succor of popular opinion or the possibility of popular revolt. The problem, then, was a delicate one: how to frame a government strong enough to rule effectively but not too strong to overrun the liberties of its citizens.

22 Chapter 2 Federalist Papers A series of eighty-five essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (all using the name “Publius”) that were published in New York newspapers in 1787– 1788 to convince New Yorkers to adopt the newly proposed Constitution. They are classics of American constitutional and political thought. Coalition An alliance among different interest groups (factions) or parties to achieve some political goal. An example is the coalition sometimes formed between Republicans and conservative Democrats.

Federalism A political system in which ultimate authority is shared between a central government and state or regional governments. 20 Chapter 2 The Constitution Checks and Balances Checks and balances The power of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government to block some acts by the other two branches. The Constitution created a system of separate institutions that share powers. Because the three branches of government share powers, each can (partially) check the powers of the others.

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