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The Progressives' Century: Political Reform, Constitutional Government, and the Modern American State

Stephen Skowronek, Stephen M Engel, and Bruce Ackerman


This book looks at how the Progressive Era redefined the playing field for conservatives and liberals alike. During the 1912 presidential campaign, Progressivism emerged as an alternative to what was then considered an outmoded system of government. A century later, a new generation of conservatives criticizes Progressivism as having abandoned America's founding values and miring the government in institutional gridlock. This book examines a broad range of issues, including Progressives' interpretation of the Constitution, their expansion and redistribution of individual rights, and reforms me ... More

Keywords: Progressive Era, conservatives, liberals, 1912 presidential campaign, Progressivism, government, Constitution, individual rights, reforms

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300204841
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Skowronek, editor
Yale University

Stephen M Engel, editor
Yale University

Bruce Ackerman, editor

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Introduction The Progressives’ Century

Stephen Skowronek and Stephen M. Engel

1 A Progressive Conundrum

Eldon Eisenach

Part I Altered Foundations: Rights and the Constitution

4 Rights as Process

Karen Orren

Part II Nation Building: Party Politics and the Search for a New Consensus

9 The Democratic Fit

Nicole Mellow

12 The Progressive Seedbed

Rogers M. Smith

Part III The New State: Management and Expertise

17 A Century of Reason

Sheila Jasanoff

18 From Science to Alchemy

John D. Skrentny and Natalie Novick

Part IV An Unsettled Legacy

21 What Is to Be Done?

Bruce Ackerman

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