„If the Madisonian democratic republicans had been able to foresee the later experience with constitutions in democratic countries, including the experience of the United States, would they have made the choices they made in 1787? I very much doubt it.“

— Robert Alan Dahl, Foreword : Reflections on A Preface to Democratic Theory

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