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Achieving democracy : the future of progressive regulation

Author: Sidney A Shapiro; Joseph P Tomain
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At its core, the United States has relied on philosophical pragmatism and the impulse of political progressivism to express the democratic values that permit all Americans to participate freely and equally in the political and economic affairs of the country. Achieving Democracy argues that with the focus on free markets and small government, however, America has since lost its grasp on this basic democratic creed.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sidney A Shapiro; Joseph P Tomain
ISBN: 9780199965540 0199965544 9780190233631 019023363X
OCLC Number: 853313628
Description: xx, 185 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pragmatism and government regulation --
History lessons --
Public ambivalence about government --
Government and markets --
How government fails --
A return to pragmatism --
Policy, politics and institutions --
Let government govern.
Responsibility: Sidney A. Shapiro and Joseph P. Tomain.

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"At its core, the United States has relied on philosophical pragmatism and the impulse of political progressivism to express the democratic values that permit all Americans to participate freely and equally in the political and economic affairs of the country. Achieving Democracy argues that with the focus on free markets and small government, however, America has since lost its grasp on this basic democratic creed. Economically, the vast majority of Americans have been made worse off due to a historically unprecedented redistribution of wealth from the lower and middle classes to the top one percent. Politically, partisan gridlock has hampered efforts to seek fairer taxes, responsive and effective regulation, reliable health care, and better education, among other needs. Achieving Democracy critiques the history of the neoliberal government and explores the dynamic and changing nature of contemporary government and the future of the regulatory state. Sidney Shapiro and Joseph Tomain demonstrate how its lessons can be applied today to regain essential democratic losses within the successful framework of a progressive government. Ultimately, America's historical experience with philosophical pragmatism has shown that progressive government is not only possible, it has been a full participant in constructing a good society for all citizens"--Unedited summary from book jacket.

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