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The Progressives' CenturyPolitical Reform, Constitutional Government, and the Modern American State$
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Stephen Skowronek, Stephen M Engel, and Bruce Ackerman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204841

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204841.001.0001

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The Progressives’ Century

The Progressives’ Century

(p.1) Introduction The Progressives’ Century
The Progressives' Century

Stephen Skowronek

Stephen M. Engel

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. A hundred years ago, Progressivism was an insurgent political movement poised to dislodge an allegedly outmoded, unjust, and unworkable system of government. Today, the tables have turned. Progressivism is on the defensive. Once the inspiration for a reconstruction of the American state, the movement now bears the heavy weight of its many shortfalls. Contemporary conservatives have laid siege to the Progressives' handiwork, indicting their programs, their priorities, and their basic precepts. This book returns to the original thrust of reform, in search of fresh insight into the current juncture. It directs attention back to the ideas, aspirations, and practices that took the offensive in the development of modern American government. In taking advantage of the uniquely holistic character of these diagnoses and prescriptions, it seeks to open up the current conversation about government and politics, to push beyond controversies over the fate of particular policies. The focus is on the nation-state and its legitimating norms.

Keywords:   Progressive Era, Progressives, Progressivism, American government, nation-state

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