By . Published 1999. ISBN 9780718715939
The origins of modern liberalism lie in the political thinking of those who understood that there is an inherent and irreconcilable tension between the claims of individual freedom and the necessity of public law and order to secure that freedom. That tradition of political thought appreciated, as James Madison put it in The Federalist, that “liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as by the abuses of power.” The concern over balancing the law with liberty is discussed in this book, which resulted from a conference held at the Institute of United States Studies.