In Revolution and Constitutionalism in Britain and the U.S.: Burke and Madison and Their Contemporary Legacies, David A. J. Richards offers an investigative comparison of two central figures in late eighteenth-century constitutionalism, Edmund Burke and James Madison, at a time when two great constitutional experiments were in play: the Constitution of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the U.S. Constitution of 1787.

Richards assesses how much, as liberal Lockean constitutionalists, Burke and Madison shared and yet differed regarding violent revolution, offering three pathbreaking and original contributions about Burke’s importance. First, the book defends Burke as a central figure in the development and understanding of liberal constitutionalism; second, it explores the psychology that led to his liberal voice, including Burke’s own long-term loving relationship to another man; and third, it shows how Burke’s understanding of the political psychology of the violence of “political religions” is an enduring contribution to understanding fascist threats to political liberalism from the eighteenth-century onwards, including the contemporary constitutional crises in the U.S. and U.K. deriving from populist movements.

Mixing thorough research with personal experiences, this book will be an invaluable resource to scholars of political science and theory, constitutional law, history, political psychology, and LGBTQ+ issues.

chapter 1|68 pages

Burke's Liberal Constitutionalism

chapter 4|11 pages

Burke on the Political Psychology of Violence in the British Empire

Ireland and India

chapter 5|33 pages

A Constitution for the Ages?

Constitutionalism in the U.S. and Britain

chapter 6|10 pages

The Common Challenge to the Political Liberalism of British and American Constitutionalism in World War II

Institutional Change and New Challenges, Domestic and International

chapter 7|26 pages

Patriarchal Religion in U.S. and U.K. Constitutional Law

Originalism as “Political Religion” (Burke) Unmasked