Progress and Public Policy

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While a universal definition of 'progress' has proved elusive, measures of progress have been defined and grouped, into the broad areas of material wealth; social relations; technical capacity; and moral, aesthetic, and intellectual sensibilities. However, not until the 'Progress Project,' whose results are gathered here, has the impact of progress on public policy in these realms been systematically explored. In this volume, noted scholars in economics, government, education, technology, literature, culture, and...

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Overview

While a universal definition of 'progress' has proved elusive, measures of progress have been defined and grouped, into the broad areas of material wealth; social relations; technical capacity; and moral, aesthetic, and intellectual sensibilities. However, not until the 'Progress Project,' whose results are gathered here, has the impact of progress on public policy in these realms been systematically explored. In this volume, noted scholars in economics, government, education, technology, literature, culture, and religion, among other fields, discuss the meaning and measurement of progress in their areas of specialty. They assess particular policies that have either promoted or retarded progress and provide recommendations for policy processes or instruments that better reflect the nature of forward movement in the current era. Making Progress is an important contribution to both the theoretical and practical literature on public policy; it is a resource for scholars and students as well as a guide for policymakers, analysts, and advocates who help craft those policies in the name of progress.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780739104903
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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C. Leigh Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Janet W. Looney is Associate Director of Program Development at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
Introduction
Sect. I Defining, Measuring, and Implementing Progress 1
1 Progress and the Promise of Public Policy 3
2 Two Steps Forward and One Step Back: An Assessment of Progress in the Twentieth Century 29
3 Making Progress in Implementation Scholarship: A Survey of the Literature 43
Sect. II The Domains of Progress 59
Pt. 1 Progress in Ourselves - Introduction 61
4 Progress and Evolution 67
5 The Meaning of Progress in the New Millennium 79
6 Faith and the Future: Religion and the Problem of Progress in the New Millennium 89
7 Progress in Literature 101
8 Paradoxical Progress: Medical Advances and Moral Anxiety 113
9 Young Children: The First Step in Progress 125
10 Progress and Education: Supporting the Realization of Human Aspirations 139
Pt. 2 Progress in Our Relations with Others - Introduction 159
11 Achieving Progress in Solving Collective-Action Problems 165
12 Is There Cultural Progress? 191
13 Ethnopolitical Warfare and Massacres: Is There Progress? 219
14 Progress and Contentious Politics 239
15 NGOs, Development, and Human Rights: A Story of Progress and Policy 247
16 Free Press, Profit Margins, and Democratic Governance: Is There a Fatal Flaw? 267
Pt. 3 Progress in Our Material and Natural World - Introduction 291
17 Progress and the Natural Sciences: Issues and Perspectives 297
18 Progress: An Economist's View 319
19 Perhaps Progress Really Is Our Most Important Product: A Feminist Contemplates the Twentieth Century 329
20 Information Technology and Progress 343
21 Toward Eliminating Poverty from the World: Grameen Bank Experience 371
22 Progressing toward Environmental Sustainability 379
Bibliography 409
Index 413
Author Biographies 421
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