Federalist Papers – Essay #50

In Essay #50, Periodic Appeals to the People Considered, Madison rejects the proposal to allow for periodical, or regular appeals to the people as a means of “preventing and correcting infractions of the constitution.”  

He is very careful with his words and treads lightly as he rejects provisions allowing for the government to be subjected to some sort of public examination on a regular basis to ensure that it is not violating the constitution.

Madison is a supporter of the principle of checks and balances and recognizes the value of holding government accountable to the people; however, he asserts that the kind of public censuring by periodic public audits will be ultimately ineffective. Therefore he does not support the proposal.

Credit for the summary and analysis of Essay #50 is given to Brittany Nelson and Christopher Higgins (second revision 09/15/2011). Weinbloom, Elizabeth ed. “The Federalist Papers Essay #50 Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 30 December 2011 Web. 5 February 2019.

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