Varieties of Progressivism in America

Overview

Whereas conservatives in America 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 action?for achieving the progressive ends around which they unite. Varieties of Progressivism in America 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 egalitarian. The contributors to this volume, ...

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Overview

Whereas conservatives in America 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 action—for achieving the progressive ends around which they unite. Varieties of Progressivism in America 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 egalitarian. The contributors to this volume, offering different expertise and different perspectives, combine varying voices, terminology, and views of American politics to provide a better sense of the different meanings of progressivism in our nation today. They examine the Old Democrats of the New Deal, the contributions of the Clinton-era New Democrats, and the future of progressivism in America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817945824
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Hoover Institution Press Publication Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 201
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. At Hoover, he chairs the Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law and cochairs the Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society. He studies and writes about, among other things, constitutional government, conservatism and progressivism in America, liberal education, national security and law, and Middle East politics. He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University; an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Old Democrats and the shock of the new 3
2 The old and new Democratic parties 31
3 Incomplete victory : the rise of the new Democrats 59
4 Center forward? : the fate of the new Democrats 87
5 What's a progressive to do? : strategies for social reform in a hostile political climate 107
6 The poverty of progressivism and the tragedy of civil society 145
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