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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 (Long) Administrative Century

The (Long) Administrative Century

Progressive Models of Governance

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The Progressives' Century

Joanna Grisinger

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of regulatory governance from the Progressive movement. The Progressives laid the groundwork for an entirely new “branch” of the federal government by thinking comprehensively about how regulatory authority should be structured. These reformers created an enduring model for federal management of the marketplace: independent commissions and relatively independent executive agencies given quasi-legislative, quasi-executive, and quasi-judicial authority (that is, all the powers that the Constitution intentionally kept separate). Thus, the Progressive legacy can be traced not just to the growth of the administrative state but also to this ongoing determination to prove that agency governance can be reconciled with constitutionally separated powers. Without any firm resolution of this tension, twentieth-century governance was marked by these two systems of governance often working at cross-purposes, each compromising the integrity of the other.

Keywords:   Progressive era, Progressives, economic regulation, regulatory structure, agency governance

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