Varieties of Progressivism in America

Varieties of Progressivism in America

by Peter Berkowitz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0817945822

ISBN-13: 2900817945823

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Hoover Institution Press

The wide-ranging debate over the best means for promoting progressive ends

      Whereas conservatives in America today often disagree over which moral and political goods are most urgently in need of conservation, contemporary progressives are principally divided over the means--the kinds of government and

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The wide-ranging debate over the best means for promoting progressive ends

      Whereas conservatives in America today often disagree over which moral and political goods are most urgently in need of conservation, contemporary progressives are principally divided over the means--the kinds of government and citizen action--for achieving the ends around which they unite.  Accordingly his book focuses on the debates within the party of progress about how best to increase opportunity in America and to make social and political life more inclusive and equal.

       The contributors to this volume bring to their task a wealth of expertise and an array of perspectives. Examining the Old Democrats who arose in the New Deal and gave shape to the modern Democratic Party, the Clinton-era New Democrats who sought to moderate the party's message, and the future of progressivism in America, they clarify the moral underpinnings and the political implications of the varieties of progressivism in America.

        Debate among progressives about the most suitable means for the promotion of progressive ends persists. The book shows that the choice depends upon shifting coalitions; political leadership; developments in culture, economics, demography, and technology; actions and events beyond our borders; and not least engagement with that larger liberalism that undergirds the American constitutional order and so connects the varieties of progressivism to the varieties of conservatism in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900817945823
Publisher:
Hoover Institution Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Hoover Institution Press Publication Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
201

Table of Contents

Contents

Contributors,
Acknowledgments,
Introduction Peter Berkowitz,
PART I: OLD DEMOCRATS,
1. Old Democrats and the Shock of the New Ruy Teixeira,
2. The Old and New Democratic Parties Thomas Byrne Edsall,
PART II: NEW DEMOCRATS,
3. Incomplete Victory: The Rise of the New Democrats William A. Galston,
4. Center Forward? The Fate of the New Democrats Franklin Foer,
PART III: THE FUTURE OF PROGRESSIVISM,
5. What's a Progressive to Do? Strategies for Social Reform in a Hostile Political Climate David Cole,
6. The Poverty of Progressivism and the Tragedy of Civil Society Jeffrey C. Isaac,
Index,

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