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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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A Progressive Conundrum

A Progressive Conundrum

Federal Constitution, National State, and Popular Sovereignty

(p.16) 1 A Progressive Conundrum
The Progressives' Century

Eldon Eisenach

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the three conundrums that have all come to bear on Progressives' struggles with the relationship of nationality to institutions and to issues of political authority and legitimacy. It argues that without closer attention to the persistent series of conundrums that pervaded Progressives' political ideas, it is hard for us today to reconstruct and reinvigorate their reform vision. The first conundrum is the Progressives' stance toward the U.S. Constitution. The second conundrum appeared in Progressive understandings of the historical relationship between constitutional development in America and American nationality. A third conundrum in Progressive thinking was the relationship of political parties to democratic governance.

Keywords:   Progressives, Progressivism, American nationality, institutions, political authority, political legitimacy, Constitution, political parties

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