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AUTHOR: James Madison (1751–1836)
QUOTATION: The genius of Republican liberty, seems to demand on one side, not only that all power should be derived from the people; but, that those entrusted with it should be kept in dependence on the people, by a short duration of their appointments; and, that, even during this short period, the trust should be placed not in a few, but in a number of hands. Stability, on the contrary, requires, that the hands, in which power is lodged, should continue for a length of time, the same. A frequent change of men will result from a frequent return of electors, and a frequent change of measures, from a frequent change of men; whilst energy in Government requires not only a certain duration of power, but the execution of it by a single hand.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES MADISON, The Federalist, ed. Benjamin F. Wright, no. 37, p. 268 (1961).
SUBJECTS: Government—by the people