In The Next Agenda, editors Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America's Future have gathered essays written by some of America's most progressive thinkers and activists that lay out ideas and reforms to address the serious issues facing us today. They argue that the economic prosperity of the last decade can only be sustained if it is more widely shared. And they call for a new progressive movement to forge new rules for the global economy just as the Progressives of the last century tamed the excesses of America's national economy.Each of the fourteen essays in The Next Agenda detail the context that makes fundamental reform both necessary and possible and outlines the policy proposals that are vital to begin meeting the challenge. David Moberg, reporter for In These Times, writes about reforming labor law to empower workers whose voices have been drowned out by globalization. Richard Rothstein, education columnist for the New York Times, writes of the growing shortage of classrooms and teachers and suggests reform initiatives for public education. Ted Marmor of the Yale School of Management, and Jon Oberlander, of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, provide a plan to make affordable, comprehensive health care available to everyone. Carl Pope of The Sierra Club and a leader of the environmental movement joins with labor leader Robert Wages, of PACE International, to lay out elements of a Green Growth agenda, detailing how labor and environmentalists can combine in promoting sensible investments for sustainable growth. These forward-thinking essays serve as a springboard for national debate and provide an ambitious agenda for the next administration.
Editors Borosage (law, American Univ.) and Hickey (vice president, the Economic Policy Institute), cofounders of the Campaign for America's Future, here present a progressive agenda for addressing contemporary global and American social, economic, political, and environmental issues. Twenty-one academics and writers provide 14 essays on globalization, healthcare, education, urban reform, and other important topics. Common themes running through the work are the rejection of free-market remedies for social problems and the need for government action in these areas. The overall quality of the essays is excellent and thought-provoking. Peter Barnes and Rafe Pomerance's proposal to create a sky trust in order to reduce pollution is particularly good. Similar to Benjamin I. Page and James R. Simmons's What Government Can Do (LJ 10/1/00) but offering enough new ideas to make reading it worthwhile, this book is recommended for all libraries. Stephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ., OH. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Thirteen contributions from activists and researchers explore possibilities for a new progressive agenda. Topics include global fairness, working families, universal health care, poverty, race, justice, global warming, and empowering workers. The editors are co- founders of the Campaign for America's Future. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Robert L. Borosage is the co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future. He lives in Washington, D.C. Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey are co-founders of the Campaign for America's Future. Robert Borosage writes frequently in the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, and is a contributing editor of The Nation magazine. He teaches at American University's Washington School of Law and has served as a consultant to progressive political candidates. Roger Hickey was a founder and Vice President of the Economic Policy Institute. He also helped establish the Public Media Center in San Francisco.