Pluralism: An idea that many at the constitutional convention held and envisioned that a number of groups would compete with one another in the government, so no one group was ever in total control.

James Madison, in his federal # 10 argued that “factions” (individual groups with common interests) were often caused by the unequal distribution of property. However, he believed the size of our republic would prevent any one faction from becoming dominant over time.

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