Progressive Democracy

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Croly explains the requirements for a genuinely popular system of representative government providing progressive liberalism with both a philosophical critique of the founding fathers' political outlook, and a political strategy for replacing it with something more in keeping with a new epoch. Although it was written in 1914, the intellectual structure remains largely intact within the liberal-progressive tradition.

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Explains the requirements for a genuinely popular system of representative government and provides progressive liberalism with both a philosophical critique of the founding fathers' political outlook and a political strategy for replacing it with something more in keeping with the new epoch. Although written in 1914, this work remains largely intact within the liberal-progressive tradition. A new introduction analyzes Croly's political beliefs and works, and discusses his influence on the Progressive movement and the relevance that his work continues to have on modern political and social issues. For political scientists, philosophers, and sociologists. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560009634
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Series: Classics in Social Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbert Croly (1869-1930) was intermittently educated at Harvard and went on to hold major editorial posts, first at Architectural Record and later at The New Republic. He is the author of The Promise of American Life, also available from Transaction.

Sidney A. Pearson, Jr. is professor emeritus of political science at Radford University. He is the editor of Transaction’s Library of Liberal Thought series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Introduction 1
I The People and the Law 29
II The Pioneer Democracy and the Constitution 46
III Aggressive and Triumphant Democracy 63
IV The Old Economic Nationalism 81
V The New Economic Nationalism 103
VI The Law and its Benevolent Administration 127
VII The Law and its Reaction 143
VIII The Law and the Faith 163
IX The Individual and Society 184
X The Ideal and the Program 201
XI Popular Sovereignty 220
XII The Advent of Direct Government 245
XIII Direct vs. Representative Government 267
XIV Visions of a New State 284
XV Majority Rule and Public Opinion 303
XVI Executive vs. Partisan Responsibility 330
XVII The Administration as an Agent of Democracy 349
XVIII Industrial Democracy 378
XIX Social Education 406
Index 431
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